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ESPN to show Kentucky-Texas Western championship game

FILE - In this March 19, 1966, file photo, Texas Western basketball coach Don Haskins, second from left, and players celebrate after winning the NCAA basketball championship in College Park, Md. Fifty years ago, Texas Western started five blacks–Willie Worsley, Orsten Artis , Bobby Joe Hill, David "Big Daddy" Lattin and Harry Flournoy–against Kentucky in the NCAA championship game. Today, after reading historical recaps and watching movies, people tend to think it was an immediate watershed moment in sports and civil rights. It wasn't.
FILE - In this March 19, 1966, file photo, Texas Western basketball coach Don Haskins, second from left, and players celebrate after winning the NCAA basketball championship in College Park, Md. Fifty years ago, Texas Western started five blacks–Willie Worsley, Orsten Artis , Bobby Joe Hill, David "Big Daddy" Lattin and Harry Flournoy–against Kentucky in the NCAA championship game. Today, after reading historical recaps and watching movies, people tend to think it was an immediate watershed moment in sports and civil rights. It wasn't. AP

The University of Kentucky’s historic 1966 national championship basketball game against Texas Western will be aired twice in the next week on ESPN channels.

The first showing will take place Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The presentation will be re-aired Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

The broadcast celebrates the 50th anniversary of Texas Western’s 72-65 victory, which became a watershed moment in sports history because it was the first time a college basketball team started five black players in the sport’s title game.

ESPN says the 90-minute presentation will feature video of every basket that took place inside Cole Field House in College Park, Md., on March 19, 1966, and the audio call of Walt Sullivan.

John Saunders, Jay Bilas and Michael Wilbon will provide historical context and commentary. Texas Western player David Lattin will be interviewed, and the broadcast will include comments from additional players from the game.

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