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A 'magical' look at the Bruins

TAMPA, Fla. -- Michigan State and UCLA haven't crossed paths since 2007 and they have only one common opponent this season, so it has been difficult for coaches Ben Howland and Tom Izzo to get good intel on each other as they prepare to face off Thursday night at the St. Pete Times Forum.

But Izzo has a least one high-profile spy, the most famous former Spartans basketball player, in the L.A. area to help out on that front.

"We got Magic out there trying to give us a scouting report once in a while," Izzo said of former Lakers guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "He's impressed, too, with their athleticism as am I."