UTEP to Honor 66 National Champions, Wear Vintage Uniforms on Wednesday
On the same day that the 1966 Texas Western men’s basketball team is visiting the White House, this year’s Miners will pay homage to the former national champions.
UTEP players will wear vintage 1965-66 Texas Western uniforms on Wednesday night when the Miners face fourth-ranked Memphis at the FedExForum.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. MST. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1965-66 team that finished 28-1 and changed the face of college basketball. The team was the subject of a recent motion picture, Glory Road.
“This has been a special year for UTEP, and it’s long overdue for us to pay tribute to the 1966 team,” UTEP coach Doc Sadler said. “This is a small thing that we can do to let people know that every time we go on the court, we are representing the great tradition of UTEP basketball. Hopefully, in some small way, people can identify this year’s team to the 1966 team with its hard play.”
The uniforms were produced by Unilete, a Los Angeles company. Unilete also makes UTEP’s regular uniforms.
UTEP then known as Texas Western College upset top-ranked Kentucky, 72-65, to win the 1966 national title in College Park, Md. Legendary Miner coach Don Haskins made history that year by starting five African-American players in the title game, a first in NCAA history.