Location: Fieldhouse Dr. and Library Ln., University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Significance: Texas Western University upset the University of Kentucky here
On March 19, 1966, a Don Haskins-led third-seeded Texas Western University team defeated the top-seeded University of Kentucky 72-65 to claim the 1966 NCAA title. For the first time in NCAA history, Haskins started five black players, who took out the top-ranked Wildcats, coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp and featuring a young Pat Riley. The game took place at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland, home to the University of Maryland Terrapins.
The William P. Cole, Jr. Student Activities Building, better known as the Cole Fieldhouse, was the home of the Terrapins' basketball teams until it was replaced by the Comcast Center in 2002. Ironically, the building is the site of the most upsets of No. 1-ranked men's basketball teams, with the Terps responsible for four of those upsets. The other? Texas Western over Kentucky back in '66. Cole's soccer field is still in use, and the upper level is utilized as a track. It's also used for non-athletic events, such as classes and homecoming events. In 2005, Haskins released his national best-selling autobiography, Glory Road, which detailed his time as player, women's coach, and winning the 1966 National Championship. A year later, 40 years after defeating Kentucky, a film of the same name was released, starring Josh Lucas as Haskins and Jon Voight as Rupp.