The true story of the 1966 Texas Western team, the first school to win a NCAA championship with an all-black starting lineup. The real Texas Western team (which later became UTEP) was a shock to college basketball's slow, deliberate, dunkless game dominated by white players. Texas Western's players dunked so much, and to such great effect, that dunking was subsequently banned for nine years. What's that old saying, "If you can't beat 'em, make 'em illegal." Or something like that.
Josh Lucas stars as coach Don Haskins, who becomes a controversial and inspirational figure in this uplifting account. Cool cameo alert: Former Lakers, Knicks and Heat coat Pat Riley, the All-American guard on the all-white Kentucky team that lost to TW in the finals, is one of several real-life players interviewed during the end credits.