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This Day In Sports History (March 26th) — Michigan State Spartans
It was on this day in 1979 that Michigan State would play Indiana State for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Michigan would defeat Indiana 75-64, lead by point guard Magic Johnson, who was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
To this day, the 1979 championship game is still the highest-rated college basketball game in history. Much hype was given to this game by the media because each team had a superstar, with Michigan State having Magic on their roster, while Larry Bird was playing for Indiana State. Both players led their respective teams in scoring in the game, but it was Magic’s 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists that ultimately took home the title for the Spartans.
For the next 10+ years, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird would go head-to-head a number of times, including three times for the NBA championship. Magic’s Lakers would come out victorious twice in 1985 and 1987, and Bird’s Celtics would win it all in 1984.
Here is a look at the final minute of the 1979 NCAA championship game.
Marcus Allen, NFL – Born March 26th 1960 (age 54) in San Diego, California
John Stockton, NBA – Born March 26th 1962 (age 52) in Spokane, Washington
Mike Peca, NHL – Born March 26th 1974 (age 40) in Toronto, Ontario