1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
|1966 NCAA University Division
|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)
|Winning coach||Don Haskins (1st title)|
|MOP||Jerry Chambers Utah|
|Top scorer||Jerry Chambers Utah
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.
|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|
|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|
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
National Third Place Game
|National Third Place Game |
Regional Third Place Games
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. 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. This put Western Kentucky at the forefront to integrate college basketball in the Southeast. 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.
- 1966 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament
- 1966 National Invitation Tournament
- 1966 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
- Black participation in college basketball
- "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.
- Fitzpatrick, Frank - Texas Western's 1966 title left lasting legacy. ESPN Classic, November 19, 2003
- Hilltopper Legend Dwight Smith Hilltopper Haven. Accessed 2009-06-24. Archived 2009-07-21.
- 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.
- 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