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Men’s Basketball

Historical Perspective: Michigan State Men’s Basketball

| Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Series History:

  • Wednesday’s matchup is the 95th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Michigan State, with the Irish holding a 59-35 edge in the series, which began in 1908.
  • Despite Notre Dame’s edge all-time, Michigan State has claimed eight of the last 11 meetings.
  • The last battle between these teams was an historic showdown in 1979 in the Elite Eight. Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, topped the Irish, 80-68, in Indianapolis in the Mideast Regional to advance to the Final Four. Johnson paced the Spartans with 19 points and 13 assists, while Greg Kelser poured in 34 points and added 13 boards. Michigan State went on to win the national championship.
  • Notre Dame’s last victory over Michigan State was a 91-89 affair in 1974.

Road Through the 1979 Tournament:

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About Mike Monaco

Senior Sports Writer Mike Monaco is a senior majoring in Film, Television and Theatre with a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy as well as Business Economics. The O’Neill Hall native hails from the Boston area and is an aspiring play-by-play broadcaster.

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