The 1965-1966 Texas Western basketball team faced many issues because of their color. For example, when they won the championship no one brought out a ladder for them to cut down the net. Nevil Shed had to hoist up Willie Worsley so he could do the honors. Also, they were never invited on "The Ed Sullivan Show," which was customary for the NCAA Champions. Texas Western (UTEP) winning the championship, started the integration of the Southeastern Conference admitting their first black basketball player in 1967.
The Texas Western Basketball team faced race issues throughout the season, both on and off the court. For example, officials calling the games were often biased against the team because they had an all-black starting lineup; many officials favored those teams that kept at least one white player on the court at all times. In the last game of the regular season, against Seattle, Bobby Joe Hill cut to the basket and was knocked down by a Seattle player when he went up for a shot, but no foul was called;