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25. Michigan State, 1979

If Twitter had existed in 1979, Michigan State would have been written off for dead at 4-4 in Big Ten play. But by the time Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser reached the Final Four in Salt Lake City, they were in peak form for the title game everyone had wanted all along: MSU against Larry Bird and 33-0 Indiana State. The title matchup that year is remembered not so much for the game itself (Jud Heathcote's team won rather easily, 75-64) as for ushering in a new era in the tournament. That night still ranks as the most watched basketball game of any type -- NCAA, NBA, or Olympic -- in the history of the Nielsen ratings. -- John Gasaway