|Finals site||Cole Field House|
College Park, Maryland
|Champions||Texas Western Miners (1st title, 1st title game,|
1st Final Four)
|Runner-up||Kentucky Wildcats (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 Division I. It began on March 7 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.
Third-ranked Texas Western (now UTEP), coached by Don Haskins, won the national title with a 72–65 victory in the final over top-ranked Kentucky, led by head coach Adolph Rupp. 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.
|First Round||East||Blacksburg, Virginia||Cassell Coliseum|
|Mideast||Kent, Ohio||Memorial Gymnasium|
|Wichita, Kansas||WSU Field House|
|Regionals||East||Raleigh, North Carolina||Reynolds Coliseum|
|Mideast||Iowa City, Iowa||Iowa Field House|
|Midwest||Lubbock, Texas||Lubbock Municipal Coliseum|
|West||Los Angeles, California||Pauley Pavilion|
|Final Four||College Park, Maryland||Cole Field House|
The Washington metropolitan area and College Park became the ninth host city, and Cole Field House the tenth host venue, of the Final Four. It was the first time since 1956 that the Final Four was held on a college campus. For the first time ever, the tournament was held entirely on college campuses, something that would only happen once more in the tournament's history. There were three new venues used in the 1966 tournament. The tournament made its first-ever appearance in Los Angeles when Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA hosted the West regional rounds. The first round in the East was held in the state of Virginia for the first time, at Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech. The Mideast first round was also held in a new arena, at Memorial Gym on the campus of Kent State University. For the second straight year, the Midwest & West first rounds were combined into one venue, this time at the WSU Field House in Wichita. The 1966 tournament would mark the final time the tournament would be held at the University of Iowa; the tournament would return to Ames and Iowa State University in 1972, and Des Moines in 2016 (in games hosted by Drake University).
|East||Davidson||Lefty Driesell||Southern||Regional Fourth Place||Saint Joseph's||L 92-76|
|East||Duke||Vic Bubas||Atlantic Coast||Third Place||Utah||W 79–77|
|East||Providence||Joe Mullaney||Independent||First round||Saint Joseph's||L 65–48|
|East||Rhode Island||Ernie Calverley||Yankee||First round||Davidson||L 95–65|
|East||Saint Joseph's||Jack Ramsay||Middle Atlantic||Regional Third Place||Davidson||W 92–76|
|East||Syracuse||Fred Lewis||Independent||Regional Runner-up||Duke||L 91–81|
|Mideast||Dayton||Don Donoher||Independent||Regional Fourth Place||Western Kentucky||L 82–62|
|Mideast||Kentucky||Adolph Rupp||Southeastern||Runner Up||Texas Western||L 72–65|
|Mideast||Loyola–Chicago||George Ireland||Independent||First round||Western Kentucky||L 105–86|
|Mideast||Miami (OH)||Dick Shrider||Mid-American||First round||Dayton||L 58–51|
|Mideast||Michigan||Dave Strack||Big Ten||Regional Runner-up||Kentucky||L 84–77|
|Mideast||Western Kentucky||Johnny Oldham||Ohio Valley||Regional Third Place||Dayton||W 82–62|
|Midwest||Cincinnati||Tay Baker||Missouri Valley||Regional Fourth Place||SMU||L 89–84|
|Midwest||Kansas||Ted Owens||Big Eight||Regional Runner-up||Texas Western||L 81–80|
|Midwest||Oklahoma City||Abe Lemons||Independent||First round||Texas Western||L 89–74|
|Midwest||SMU||Doc Hayes||Southwest||Regional Third Place||Cincinnati||W 89–84|
|Midwest||Texas Western||Don Haskins||Independent||Champion||Kentucky||W 72–65|
|West||Colorado State||Jim Williams||Independent||First round||Houston||L 82–76|
|West||Houston||Guy Lewis||Independent||Regional Third Place||Pacific||W 102–91|
|West||Oregon State||Paul Valenti||AAWU||Regional Runner-up||Utah||L 70–64|
|West||Pacific||Dick Edwards||West Coast Athletic||Regional Fourth Place||Houston||L 102–91|
|West||Utah||Jack Gardner||Western Athletic||Fourth Place||Duke||L 79–77|
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
National Third Place Game
|National Third Place Game |
Regional Third Place Games
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
- 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship Game
- 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