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CBK 99 43 Best teams that failed to win NCAA title 31646442 Kentucky, 1965-66 Kentucky%2C+1965-66 CBK

Adolph Rupp’s Runts also carried the No. 1 ranking into the NCAA tournament. Led by Pat Riley and Louie Dampier, the run-and-gun Wildcats — who had no starter taller than 6 feet 5 — had lost just one game (at Tennessee) all season and reached the title game. There, they were expected to roll past upstart Texas Western. But Rupp, who won four NCAA titles, and Kentucky lost to the Miners’ all-black starting five in what has become perhaps college basketball’s most significant game.

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