1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1966 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Teams 22
Finals site Cole Field House
College Park, Maryland
Champions Texas Western (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Kentucky (5th title game,
6th Final Four)
  • Duke (3rd Final Four)
  • Utah (3rd Final Four)
Winning coach Don Haskins (1st title)
MOP Jerry Chambers Utah
Attendance 140,925
Top scorer Jerry Chambers Utah
(143 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1965 1967»

The 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national men's basketball champion of the NCAA University Division, now known as NCAA Division I. It began on March 7, 1966, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in College Park, Maryland. A total of 26 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Texas Western, coached by Don Haskins, won the national title with a 72–65 victory in the final game over Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp. Coach Haskins started five black players for the first time in NCAA Championship history. Jerry Chambers of Utah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The 2006 film Glory Road is based on the story of the 1966 Texas Western team.


Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina Blacksburg, Virginia
Mideast Iowa City, Iowa Kent, Ohio
Midwest Lubbock, Texas Wichita, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Wichita, Kansas
Finals College Park, Maryland


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Davidson Lefty Driesell Regional Fourth Place Saint Joseph's L 92–76
East Duke Vic Bubas Third Place Utah W 79–77
East Providence Joe Mullaney First round Saint Joseph's L 65–48
East Rhode Island Ernie Calverley First round Davidson L 95–65
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Third Place Davidson W 92–76
East Syracuse Fred Lewis Regional Runner-up Duke L 91–81
Mideast Dayton Don Donoher Regional Fourth Place Western Kentucky L 82–62
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Runner Up Texas Western L 72–65
Mideast Loyola–Chicago George Ireland First round Western Kentucky L 105–86
Mideast Miami (OH) Dick Shrider First round Dayton L 58–51
Mideast Michigan Dave Strack Regional Runner-up Kentucky L 84–77
Mideast Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham Regional Third Place Dayton W 82–62
Midwest Cincinnati Tay Baker Regional Fourth Place Texas Western L 89–84
Midwest Kansas Ted Owens Regional Runner-up Texas Western L 81–80
Midwest Oklahoma City Abe Lemons First round Texas Western L 89–74
Midwest SMU Doc Hayes Regional Third Place Cincinnati W 89–84
Midwest Texas Western Don Haskins Champion Kentucky W 72–65
West Colorado State Jim Williams First round Houston L 82–76
West Houston Guy Lewis Regional Third Place Pacific W 102–91
West Oregon State Paul Valenti Regional Runner-up Utah L 70–64
West Pacific Dick Edwards Regional Fourth Place Houston L 102–91
West Utah Jack Gardner Fourth Place Duke L 79–77


East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Duke 76  
      Saint Joseph's 74  
  Saint Joseph's 65
    Providence 48  
      Duke 91
    Syracuse 81
  Syracuse 94
      Davidson 78  
  Davidson 96
    Rhode Island 65  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kentucky 86  
      Dayton 79  
  Dayton 58
    Miami (OH) 51  
      Kentucky 84
    Michigan 77
  Michigan 80
      Western Kentucky 79  
  Western Kentucky 105
    Loyola–Chicago 86  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kansas 76  
      SMU 70  
      Kansas 80
    Texas Western 81
  Cincinnati 76
      Texas Western 78  
  Texas Western 89
    Oklahoma City 74  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Utah 83  
      Pacific 51  
      Utah 70
    Oregon State 64
  Oregon State 63
      Houston 60  
  Houston 82
    Colorado State 76  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E Duke 79
ME Kentucky 83
ME Kentucky 65
MW Texas Western 72
MW Texas Western 85
W Utah 78

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [1]
E Duke 79
W Utah 77

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

The Tournament is most remembered as for the all-black starting five of Texas Western defeating an all-white starting five for Kentucky in the championship game.[2] In the 1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament, Loyola started four African-Americans and Cincinnati started three. That was the first time that a majority of African-Americans participated in the championship game.

Clem Haskins and Dwight Smith became the first black athletes to integrate the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers basketball program in the Fall of 1963.[3] This put Western Kentucky at the forefront to integrate college basketball in the Southeast.[4] The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers were 2 points away from defeating Michigan and meeting the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the Mideast regional final. A controversial foul called against Smith during a jump ball put Cazzie Russell on the free throw line for Michigan, where he scored the tying and winning baskets.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank - Texas Western's 1966 title left lasting legacy. ESPN Classic, November 19, 2003
  3. ^ Hilltopper Legend Dwight Smith Hilltopper Haven. Accessed 2009-06-24. Archived 2009-07-21.
  4. ^ Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem - My thoughts on UCLA in the Final Four Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2008. Western Kentucky was the forefront of the fight to integrate college basketball in the 1960s and early '70s.
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Chuck - Cazzie Russell: converting two free throws with no time left advanced Michigan in the 1966 NCAA Tournament - The Game I'll Never Forget - University of Michigan versus Western Kentucky University. Basketball Digest, January/February 2004 issue