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30NCAA BBWhen the (March) Madness Began

Date / Mar 26, 1979

Location / Special Events Center | Salt Lake City, Utah

Moment / An undefeated Larry Bird and Indiana State faced Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the 1979 NCAA men's national championship game. Magic scored a game-high 24 points and Michigan State went on to win 75-64 in what's reported to be the highest-rated college basketball broadcast of all time.

Impact / The game served as a launching pad for the rivalry between Bird and Magic, who would trade NBA titles throughout the '80s, and also helped launch basketball into the national sports conversation.