40 YEARS AGO TONIGHT: MSU beats Indiana State

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40 years ago tonight, Michigan State University beat Indiana State in the national championship game in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On March 26, 1979, Lakers legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson led Michigan State to a 75- 64 victory over Celtics star Larry Bird who played for the Indiana State Sycamores in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

It was the most watched college finale of its time, the game established Magic vs. Bird as a nearly 15 year  rivalry for the ages and would catapult both players to NBA superstardom.

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