Next week House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, with the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will randomly introduce all 16 moments, then reveal our seedings and match-ups next week, where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year.
On February 7 inside Wells Fargo Arena, Arizona's basketball team suffered a severe case of déjà vu. Exactly 51 weeks before, the No. 2 Wildcats came into Tempe and had the court rushed on them twice in a heartbreaking, double overtime loss on Valentine's night.
A repeat of that upset in the 2015 campaign seemed unlikely. Once again, Sean Miller's team had the makings of one that was going to take home the Pac-12 title, while Arizona State entered the contest with a sour record of 3-6 in conference play.
Morale was not helped by the fact that the Wildcats had destroyed its rival, 73-49, a month earlier in Tucson. Pulling the shocker for a second straight year was not going to be impossible, but it certainly did not seem likely.
Someone forgot to tell the Sun Devils that.
After falling behind into an early 23-16 deficit, the maroon and gold locked down the explosive Wildcat offense and ended up taking a seven point advantage into the locker room. The second half was fraught with tension, both teams being able to take hits and respond with big shot after big shot.
The turning point came with just under 90 seconds remaining, when Brandon Ashley blew a layup that would have pulled Arizona within two points. Both teams fought hard for the rebound, but Arizona State ended up earning possession via a jump ball. Sharpshooter Bo Barnes was able to complete a five point swing on the other end of the floor, burying the three-pointer seen in the image above to put his team up by seven.
The final minute of the game seemed to last an eternity thanks to timeouts, fouls, and various other stoppages, but the closest the visitors would ever get was within three. A T.J. McConnell triple with less than a second left made the score 81-78, but its meaning was moot. Moments later, the 942 crew stormed the court for a second straight year, leaving Arizona's players and fans in stunned disbelief.
Yes, lighting had struck twice.
Barnes led the Sun Devils with 18 points off the bench, none of which were more important than the late three that ended up putting the dagger into the Wildcats. Forward Savon Goodman put together a tremendous afternoon consisting of 15 points and nine rebounds, and he was joined by two other players in double figures.
We saw the upset as the third best moment from the ASU athletic season, however it will be up the readers to see how far this moment goes in our #SunDevilMoments bracket.