(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Jerry Reimond remembers the captain coming on over the speakers in the airplane cabin, asking a bunch of wide-eyed kids from Wichita State to gaze out the windows.
On one side, Mount Rainier climbed to the clouds. On the other, snow-capped Mount Hood.
They were on their way to the school's first Final Four, played that year in Portland, Ore., and a date with John Wooden and his powerhouse program from UCLA. They'd made it without their two best players, and a team featuring five blacks in an era of segregation, oblivious to exactly what they had overcome - something that would take the Shockers nearly 50 years to repeat.
''We had a police escort to the airport, and I remember that was the first time we'd had a police escort,'' said Reimond, a backup forward on the team. ''It was a beautiful flight, and then Portland was so green. Everything about it opened our eyes.
''Then I remember stepping on the court that first night,'...