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Magic Johnson on the 40th anniversary of the United States of America, 1979, 9th December, 2019 at the Breslin Center.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

EAST LANSING – Members of the NCAA 1979 championship team inside the State of Michigan basketball locker room The coach Tom Izzo built down the previous players, spreading hands and grinning, when he made the U.S. royalty – Greg Kelser and Magic Johnson.

"It's our party as 1979!" Izzo called for relief, after the U.S. was losing streak through a 79-55 victory over Minnesota on Saturday in the Breslin Center.

"We finally saved someone!" Izzo said, looking at Johnson.

Suddenly, MSU was like an MSU again.

The Spartans again had an intense protection again and again reconstructed and again cared for the ball, reaping the box again and defending the outline – losing what was missing in different games during the breakdown.

Bigger: Michigan's basketball is basically backed by Magic Johnson in the crowd

So how did they decide it?

Perhaps it was from the back-up practice, recovery practice, the Spartans that took place on Friday, an intense environmentally friendly day before the game.

Alternatively, Izzo's opposition against Nick Ward and Cassius Winston, the stars of this team, was to play as stars.

Or possibly, Johnson and Kelser, who sat in the crowd, faced the bench before the bench.

Whatever it was, the Spartans got their identity again.

Oh, and they got something else.

Magic Johnson talks to the crowd during the game between Michigan State and Minnesota on Saturday, February 9, 2019, in East Lansing. (Photo: Rey Del Rio, Getty Images)

"McQuaid!" Johnson said to Izzo, spreading his arms.

Yes, it's a loose fit.

Matt McQuaid has always had great protection. But McQuaid gave something to this team. McQuaid scored 18 points, eight of them and did not help in 32 minutes. It only reached 10 points in the two final losses and had only double figures once in the last four games.

How does McQuaid drop off its funk? Perhaps it was because his father was practicing Friday.

"He shook the lights out," Izzo said. "I'll be looking to find a flat (or his dad) for a month or so."

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