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15. Larry Bird, Indiana State

Bird is remembered most for his classic showdown against Michigan State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson in the 1979 national championship game, which is still the highest-rated contest in basketball history, college or pro. Before the Sycamores lost to the Spartans, 75-64, Bird dominated the 1979 NCAA tournament. Bird had double-doubles in each of his first four games, averaging 29.2 points and 13.5 rebounds in victories over Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Arkansas and DePaul. Against the Blue Demons in the national semifinals, Bird scored 35 points on 16-for-19 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds with nine assists. He ran out of gas against the Spartans, though, scoring 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting with 13 rebounds. -- Mark Schlabach