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Sophomore point guard Magic Johnson made the Spartans fly in 1979, and his two triple doubles capped an otherworldly NCAA run that would earn Michigan State its first national title and Johnson a statue on campus. “Every member of the team is a hero,” one Spartans fan gushed to SI that April, “but Magic is a legend.” (Rich Clarkson/SI)

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Sophomore point guard Magic Johnson made the Spartans fly in 1979, and his two triple doubles capped an otherworldly NCAA run that would earn Michigan State its first national title and Johnson a statue on campus. “Every member of the team is a hero,” one Spartans fan gushed to SI that April, “but Magic is a legend.” (Rich Clarkson/SI)
GALLERY: Best Tourney Seeds Ever, 16-1

Is Michigan State primed for another Final Four run? The Spartans dispatched Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday and will next play the winner of the Memphis-St. Mary’s game. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

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Is Michigan State primed for another Final Four run? The Spartans dispatched Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday and will next play the winner of the Memphis-St. Mary’s game. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
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Michigan State’s Magic Johnson dribbles the ball upcourt during a Feb. 1978 game against Ohio State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Michigan State’s Magic Johnson dribbles the ball upcourt during a Feb. 1978 game against Ohio State. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Happy 53rd birthday Magic Johnson. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

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Happy 53rd birthday Magic Johnson. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Magic Johnson | Magic and Larry Bird | Magic’s SI Covers

Michigan’s Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrate after their 60-59 victory over Michigan State at Crisler Arena last night. The Wolverines, who are ranked No. 20, are now 14-4 on the season while the ninth-ranked Spartans are 15-3. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Michigan’s Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrate after their 60-59 victory over Michigan State at Crisler Arena last night. The Wolverines, who are ranked No. 20, are now 14-4 on the season while the ninth-ranked Spartans are 15-3. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press/MCT/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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Michigan State WR Keith Nichol catches a Hail Mary from QB Kirk Cousins to lead the Spartans to a last-second victory over Wisconsin, 37-31. The referee’s initial ruling was that Nichol didn’t cross the goal line but replay showed that he did reach the endzone, giving the Spartans a miraculous victory. (Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)

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Michigan State WR Keith Nichol catches a Hail Mary from QB Kirk Cousins to lead the Spartans to a last-second victory over Wisconsin, 37-31. The referee’s initial ruling was that Nichol didn’t cross the goal line but replay showed that he did reach the endzone, giving the Spartans a miraculous victory. (Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE)MANDEL: Michigan State and Texas Tech shake up the BCSSTAPLES: Spartans pull off amazing victory | HighlightsANDERSON: Alabama subdues Tennessee | Highlights

Michigan State CB Johnny Adams sacks Michigan QB Denard Robinson during the Spartans’ 28-14 victory over the Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. (Rey Del Rio/ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Michigan State CB Johnny Adams sacks Michigan QB Denard Robinson during the Spartans’ 28-14 victory over the Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. (Rey Del Rio/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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