March 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 men's basketball national championship game, in which Texas Western defeated Kentucky. Led by future Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins, that team was the first in NCAA history to start five black players in the title game. The Miners are still the only school in the state of Texas to win a men’s basketball national championship.
They also were the first national champions to have all their scoring come from black players in the title game. That development (in the middle of the civil rights movement) was seen as a door-opener for black players in big college programs.
Since then, there have been seven instances where all the scoring by the tournament championship winner was from only black players, with 2011-12 Kentucky team being the most recent to do so.