In all fairness to Adolph Rupp, he was one of the first coaches in both the ACC and SEC to have an African-American player on his roster.
However, Rupp was commonly known as a racist and refused to allow any black players until after a certain event happened.
Kentucky entered the game as the all-white team, but, more importantly, as an undefeated team and No. 1 in the country.
Texas Western was the all-black team and no slouch itself at 27-1 and the No. 3 team in the country.
Texas Western would go on to win the game 72-65 and shatter the idea that an all-black team couldn't win in the NCAA.
Kentucky would go down as losing arguably the most important game in college basketball's history and further making people believe Rupp was a southern white racist.
Sophomore Tom Payne became the first African-American to play at Kentucky and in the SEC during the 1970-71 season as Rupp integrated the program.