That an unheralded independent school from El Paso unknown to most fans took down mighty Kentucky in the national championship game was one thing. The other, and more important facet of this Cinderella story, was that it marked a sea-change in the way basketball was played. For the first time, a school started five black players in the title game, shattering long-held myths about the number of white players needed on the court – and the Miners' disciplined defense under coach Don Haskins carried them to a 72-65 triumph over Adolph Rupp's Wildcats, which featured future Lakers coach Pat Riley.
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