#MMVault Watch Party: Bird vs. Magic


Bird vs. Magic — the origins of the matchup began March 26, 1979, when Indiana State faced Michigan State in the Division I Men’s Basketball championship game. The second-seeded Spartans defeated the No. 1-seed Sycamores 75-64 — but it was the matchup between the “Hick from French Lick,” Larry Bird, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson — the tournament’s most outstanding player, that remains the indelible memory.

The 1979 tournament was the first in which all teams were seeded by the men’s basketball committee: The top six teams in each regional were awarded a bye into the second round; seeds 7-10 played first-round games.

The tournament also marked the last Final Four played in an on-campus arena, at the University of Utah’s Special Events Center in Salt Lake City.

NCAA.com is reliving that magical moment with the #MMVault Watch Party at 3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. Fans can watch the 1979 classic on NCAA.com and follow @marchmadness for tweets related to the game action.

Tweets by @marchmadness

1978-79 Indiana State Roster 1978-79 Michigan State Roster
Head coach: Bill Hodges Head coach: Jud Heathcote
No. Name Twitter No. Name Twitter
5 Bob Ritter 21 Don Brkovich
10 Scott Turner 12 Mike Brkovich
15 Dave McNally 15 Ron Charles
20 Rich Nemcek 11 Terry Donnelly
22 Carl Nicks 43 Gerald Gilkie
23 Steve Reed 35 Rob Gonzales
24 Tom Crowder 24 Jaimie Huffman
30 Bob Heaton @bobheaton 33 Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson
32 Eric Curry 42 Rick Kaye
33 Larry Bird 32 Greg Kelser @gkelser32
40 Brad Miley 10 Greg Lloyd
42 Alex Gilbert 23 Mike Longaker
44 Leroy Staley 31 Jay Vincent