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ASU moment of the Year semifinals: No. 2 basketball beats Arizona vs. No. 3 hockey wins the national title

We're down to the final four moments!

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, football beating Arizona (95 percent) took down the Bachynski block vs. Oregon (five percent)


Now we have our first semifinal matchup.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.

No. 2 seed Arizona State basketball upsetting 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.

No. 3 seed Arizona State hockey wins ACHA national title

They went 34-2 in the regular season, won the Cactus Cup against the University of Arizona, won the Western Collegiate Hockey League, entered the national tournament as the No. 1 seed, and on March 11, the Sun Devils won it all on ice.

In Newark, Delaware, Arizona State completed its goal of bringing home the program's first national championship. Freshman forward Ryan Ostertag netted the first two goals of the game, then it was fourth line - a line which carried the team throughout the entire tournament- winger Troy Scott who scored the empty-netter to clinch the Murdoch Cup.

Arizona State was as dominant of a team as you could find anywhere. It lost twice all season, to Oklahoma who was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, and arch-rival Arizona. Including tournament play, Arizona State scored 5.6 goals per game and allowed only 1.4 per game.

The Cup was also the exclamation point on a season that later saw freshman goalie Robert Levin win Rookie of the Year, senior forward Kale Dolinski win Player of the Year and coach Greg Powers win Coach of the Year.

Hockey (85 percent) wins this matchup over basketball (15 percent)