ASU moment of the year round of 16: No. 2 basketball beats U of A vs. No. 15 Will Sutton interception at Utah

Ralph Freso

It's day two of the moment of the year tournament. Who advances and who goes home?

Yesterday No. 1 seed football winning the Pac-12 south (92 percent) took down No. 16 water polo making the NCAA tournament for the first time (8 percent) in convincing fashion.

Here is what the bracket looks like after one day of action:

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Today our matchup is perhaps a little more intriguing.

Seed No. 2: Arizona State basketball upsets Arizona:

It is no surprise that the biggest victory in the Herb Sendek era makes it on our list of the best moments from this past athletic season. What makes it a little sweeter is that the victory came against arch rival Arizona.

The odds were certainly stacked against the Sun Devils. Arizona came into the contest ranked No. 2 in the nation, had only one loss on the season and throttled the Sun Devils 91-68 just a month prior. However, when the dust settled it was Arizona State pulling out the 69-66 victory in overtime, causing pandemonium in Wells Fargo Arena (see picture).

Arizona State held the Wildcats to just 36-percent shooting and a meager 4-16 from 3-point territory. Arizona shot 16-30 from the free throw line, helping the Sun Devils erase a five-point halftime deficit.

It was Jermaine Marshall leading the charge for Arizona State, as the senior finished with 29 points on 11-23 shooting. Jahii Carson added 17 points and six assists with Jordan Bachynski putting up 13 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks. None of which was more important then his block of TJ McConnell in the final seconds of overtime to preserve the victory.

Seed No. 15: Will Sutton interception at Utah

Last year's game in Salt Lake City against the Utah Utes was an offensive struggle for the No. 23 Sun Devils but Will Sutton's interception near the end of the game helped Arizona State escape with the win.

With 5:19 remaining in the third quarter, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Sean Fitzgerald to put the Utes up 19-7. The Sun Devils crawled back into the game in the fourth quarter capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Kelly to Richard Smith to put Arizona State up 20-19.

Utah got the ball back twice in those final two minutes. With 1:08 left in the fourth quarter, the Utes had the ball on their own 29-yard line and needed roughly 50 yards to gain in order to set up what would have been the game winning field goal.

Sutton had other plans.

Wilson lined up in the shotgun and didn't see Sutton who reached up to grab the interception and give Arizona State the win to keep the Sun Devils on top of the Pac-12 South. A win the following week over Oregon State set up the de-facto Pac-12 South title game at UCLA which the maroon and gold went on to win in thrilling fashion.

Voting is now closed, basketball beating Arizona (73%) beats Sutton's interception (27%)


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