Pat Riley & Rupp’s Runts

Remember Pat Riley and Rupp’s Runts?  This 1966 Kentucky basketball team, coached by Adoph Rupp, who was known as the  Baron of the Blugrass, did not have a player in the starting lineup over 6’5″.  That was the size of their sophomore center, Thad Jaracz.  Riley and 6′ guard Louie Dampier were both All-Americans, and Tommy Kron and Larry Connelly were the other starters.   That year, the Wildcats went up againt Texas Western, an all-black team coached by Don Haskins,  in the NCAA final and lost.  It was the first time in history that an all black team had taken all the marbles.

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