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    Texas Western Coach Don Haskins, left, and his players celebrate after beating Kentucky to win the NCAA championship in 1966. Not only was it an upset, but the use of five black starters made it a watershed moment in American sports.

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    Nevil Shed, a member of the 1966 Texas Western NCAA championship basketball team, speaks about the team’s title game at an exhibit about the team on the campus in El Paso. The historic photo behind him is of teammate Orsten Artis.

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    Coach Don Haskins, right, had the courage to use his best players, no matter their race, in an age when it simply wasn’t done. Texas Western is now known as Texas-El Paso.

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    Pat Riley has won nine NBA titles in a career that spanned from player to coach to executive, but the loss to Texas Western also makes him proud.

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    A 1959 file photo of University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp. Breaking down racial barriers wasn't the only legacy left from the 1966 title game between Kentucky and Texas Western. The two coaches, Rupp and Don Haskins, were trailblazers who helped to revolutionize the way the game is played today.

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    Harry Flournoy, left, and David Lattin, members of the 1966 NCAA champion Texas Western basketball team, hold their jerseys after being named members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Class of 2007 in Atlanta.

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