Kentucky to play UTEP in 2016 to celebrate 50th anniversary of historic NCAA title game

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will play in 2016, possibly on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 national championship game, according to a report from Darren Hunt of ABC-7 in El Paso. On March 19, 1966, Western (now UTEP) beat the Wildcats in what is widely considered one of the most important racial landmarks in American sports history.

According to Hunt,  coach John Calipari and coach Tim Floyd are still ironing out some of the details, but they may play the game in —the game in 1966 was held at the legendary Cole Field House in College Park, Md.—and it may also be played on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Terrapins no longer use Cole Field House, having moved into the Comcast Center in 2002. But Cole Field House is still used for campus activities, and the Terrapins used it for the first time since moving to Comcast when it held its Maryland Madness event Friday.

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