This was the first tournament in which all teams were seeded by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The top six seeds in each regional received byes to the second round, while seeds 7-10 played in the first round. In the semi-finals, Larry Bird tallied 35 points, 16 rebounds,and 9 assists as Indiana State Sycamores advanced to the NCAA finals. Magic Johnson of Michigan State Spartans recorded a triple double 29 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists as they advance to NCAA finals. To this day, the 1979 NCAA finals remains the highest-rated game in the history of televised college basketball. Michigan State, coached by Jud Heathcote, defeated Indiana State coached by Bill Hodges, 75–64.