Round of 16
Region 2: On The Court & Ice
No. 1 "Evan Gordon's Buzzer-Beater" vs. No. 4 "Carrick Felix's UCLA Block"
The Case for Evan Gordon: Question: can anyone remember screaming as much as they did after Evan Gordon's buzzer-beater during any other time of ASU's basketball season? Me neither.
Plain and simple, this was the most exhilarating moment in the roller coaster known as the 2012-2013 men's basketball season. Coming off two tormenting losses to Stanford and Utah, the Sun Devils desperately needed a strong win in Colorado to keep their slim tournament hopes alive. And after Jahii Carson sank two free throws with 1:19 left in the second half to build a six-point cushion, it looked as if they were going to get exactly that. Then Arizona State did what they seemed to do on the reg in 2012-2013 and entirely blew a comfortable lead in head-scratching fashion.
Once in overtime, the Devils and Buffaloes exchanged blows before Carrick Felix went to the line with a chance to build ASU's lead up to three with 24 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, Felix somehow missed both free throws and Colorado took the lead on the next possession thanks to a clutch jumper from Spencer Dinwiddie. Then, in one blur of a play, Carson dished out of the double team to Gordon who proceeded to drive to basket and release a running layup that could only be described as a prayer. Somehow, Gordon put just the right amount of touch on it to get a good bounce off the rim and sink the buzzer beater.
Sadly, as you all are well aware, the win didn't amount to much since the Devils still fell short of the big dance. But if you isolate and analyze this play on an individual basis, it might just be the most exciting ten second period in the entire year of Arizona State athletics. -Cody Ulm
Round 1: Defeated No. 8 "Stephen Collins' Hat Trick Goal" 52% (27 votes received) to 48%
The case for Carrick Felix: Technically speaking, Carrick Felix's block of Jordan Adams on January 26 was meaningless in the grand scheme of things. It didn't affect the outcome of the outcome of the game in the slightest with Arizona State's 78-60 win over the UCLA Bruins being all but final. But those who remember the vindictive swat will tell you differently.
As time expired in ASU's first 15+ point victory over UCLA since 2003, Adams pulled a punk move, stealing the ball and breaking for the rim after it seemed the Bruins had waved the white flag. The rest of the Sun Devils seemed fine with allowing Adams to pad his stats but not Carrick. The athletic swingman instantly broke into a sprint after Adams and then unleashed one of the cleanest, meanest blocks in the history of ASU basketball.
Sure, the block didn't change anything but it did send a message to the rest of the Pac-12. In the matter of one wicked motion, Felix made sure that the rest of the conference knew that these Sun Devils weren't to be messed with. -Cody Ulm
Round 1: Defeated No. 5 "Faiz Khan's U of A Game-Winner" 62% (16 votes received) to 38%