It remains the most important game in the history of college basketball. Michigan State, wearing their home white uniforms, defeated Indiana State 75-64 to win its first National Championship. Magic Johnson’s 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists earned him Final Four MVP and was enough to overcome Larry Bird's 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists.
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.
"The college game was already on the launching pad. Then Bird and Magic came along and pushed the button."