Michigan State is one of the most storied basketball teams in the country. Their accolades include two NCAA Championships (1979, 2000), 8 Final Fours (57, 79, 99, 00, 01, 05, 09, 10) and 13 Big Ten Championships. It's that magical 1979 Championship team and uniform that Nike will pay tribute to when Michigan State squares off against Georgetown on Feb. 1 at Madison Square Garden.
The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance Michigan State uniform is inspired by aesthetics prevalent on the jersey worn during the 1979 season. The jersey features a rounded neckline with bonded taping along with the 1979 script "State" graphics. The bronze color uniform takes inspiration from ancient Spartan battle helmets. The shorts feature two key details from the 1979 short: an oversized Spartan logo and matching taping.
Nike created the uniforms with performance and innovation at the forefront. The jersey has a lightweight sphere fabrication, with flocking detail added at the interior of the neck for sweat management. The jersey features a unique articulated armhole system to maximize the range of motion for the player. The short has been re-engineered to flex with the player as he makes roughly 1,000 cuts or directional changes during the course of his game. Laser perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling for the player. The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform.
Coached by Jud Heathcote and led by Johnson, the 1979 Michigan State Spartans won 75-64 in the first tournament in which all teams were seeded by the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee.