PG | | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
A few of the actors have played in other sports films. Derek Luke (Bobby Joe Hill) was in Friday Night Lights (2004) as James "Boobie" Miles, Damaine Radcliff (Willie "Scoops" Cager) was in Monday Night Mayhem (2002) as a New York Jets player, and Sam Jones III (Willie Worsley) was in Blue Mountain State (2010) as Craig Shilo.
Coach Don Haskins:
We do not back down here, ever!
The final game with Texas Western and the University of Kentucky is televised by NBC. The "Snake" logo from 1959 is shown with the 1979 "Proud as a Peacock" logo. The movie takes place in 1966, so the 1956 "Living Color" Peacock should have been used. Anyway, at the time the Peacock wasn't the logo of NBC and only the "NBC Snake" would've been used. In either case, NBC didn't televise the NCAA Championship until 1969.
During the credits, an inset shows several of the actual people involved (Don Haskins, David Lattin, Pat Riley, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy, and Nevil Shed) commenting about the championship game and its implications. Video of that game is also shown.
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