A piece of memorabilia from one of the most important college basketball games ever played will be available for auction as Lelands.com sells the basketball net that was cut down following Texas Western University’s 72-65 victory over the University of Kentucky in the NCAA Championship Game on March 19, 1966, at the Cole Field House in Maryland.
The net, described as “in pristine condition,” has been in the possession of Texas Western guard Willie Worsley since that historic night.
Bidding on the net, which comes with a letter of authenticity from Worsley, begins at $5,000. Worsley has also consigned the watch from Bulova that he and every member of the team received after the game. The face reads “NCAA Bulova Basketball Champion 1966.” The inscription on the back is “Waterproof Bulova 10 KT RGP Case Shock Resistant Anti Magnetic Waterproof.” Lelands.com officials described the watch as in amazing condition and in fine working order. Bidding begins at $2,500.
Worsley, a 5-6 sophomore from the South Bronx, was told just a few minutes before the game that he would start and create the first all-black starting lineup in NCAA Championship Game history.
The Lelands.com 2006 Spring Auction, closing on April, 28, includes more than 1,000 items of sports and Americana. All bidding can be done at www.Lelands.com.
“This is a rare opportunity for someone to own an historic memento from one of the most famous college basketball games ever,” said Josh Evans, founder of Lelands.com. “The awareness of this historic game is at an all-time high as a result of the successful movie ‘Glory Road,’ which chronicles the story of Texas Western University.”