According to Darren Hunt, University of Texas-El Paso head coach Tim Floyd announced that his team will play Kentucky in 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky/Texas Western game. The game will possibly take place in College Park, Maryland on Martin Luther King Day.
College Park was the site of the 1966 game, in which Texas Western’s coach Don Haskins started five black players for the first time in NCAA Championship history against Kentucky’s all-white starting five. In 1967, Texas Western was renamed the University of Texas at El Paso.
UPDATE: According to ye olde Jerry Tipton, the deal isn’t set and the teams are still exploring the possibility. Also, they’re looking to play the game at Cole Field House, the original site of the game. Maryland now plays in the Comcast Center, and the Cole Field House is used for classrooms and intramural sports; however, Maryland used it for its “Maryland Madness” festivities last week, and games have been played there are recently as 2002. It’s the only on-campus arena to host multiple Final Fours, and UK was one of seven #1 teams to lose a game there. If they can make it happen, it would be pretty cool.