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Exhibit - 1978-1979 MSU Men's Basketball Team

1978-1979 was a great season for the MSU Men's Basketball team, coached by Jud Heathcote.  The team was co-captained by sophomore Earvin "Magic" Johnson and senior Greg Kelser.  MSU finished the season 26-6, and tied for first place in the Big Ten.  During the NCAA Division I tournament, Michigan State beat Lamar University, Louisiana State University, Notre Dame, and the University of Pennsylvania.  On March 26, 1979, MSU defeated number 1 ranked and undefeated Indiana State 75-64 to become the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Champions.  It was the Spartans first National Championship in basketball.  Magic Johnson was named the Most Outstanding Player.  By some accounts, the game also marked the beginning of the rivalry between Johnson and Larry Bird, which would carry on to their careers in the NBA.  



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