It remains the most important game in the history of college basketball. The undefeated Sycamores were led by the "Hick from French Lick" Larry Bird. The Michigan State Spartans and Magic Johnson were able to overcome Bird's 19 point, 13 rebound effort to win the National Championship 75-64.
The game, played in Salt Lake City, remains the highest rated game in the history of televised college basketball and spawned a rivalry that would captivate the sports world for the next decade in the NBA. It is also credited with ushering in the “modern era” of college basketball.