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#SunDevilMoments First Round Matchup: Basketball Upsetting Texas A&M vs. Carrington's Pick-six

This first round matchup pits an ASU basketball upset against a senior making the biggest play of his ASU career on Senior Day and icing the Territorial Cup.

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Now that we have unveiled all 16 of our moments in the #SunDevilMoments series, it is time to begin our bracket. You, the fans will have a chance to vote for your favorite moment in each matchup with the moment garnering the most votes advancing to the next round until there is one winner.

Here is how the bracket looks as of now.

#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 8: ASU upsets No. 18 Texas A&M vs. Seed No. 9: Lloyd Carrington's Pick-six against Arizona

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 8: ASU upsets No. 18 Texas A&M

The Sun Devils were coming off a strong, 79-77 road victory over Creighton, and a contest against the top-20 Aggies presented an opportunity to make a statement in front of 7,608 loud fans.

ASU used a 22-3 run in the first half to jump out to a double-digit lead, and Texas A&M never really got comfortable after that.

The Aggies made a push in the second half, cutting the deficit to 11 points with five minutes to go. A transition bucket from TAMU forward Danuel House brought the Aggies within eight points with 2:42 remaining.

However, ASU guard Tra Holder put the anxious crowd in Wells Fargo Arena at ease with a cool mid-range jumper to push the lead back to 10, followed by an assist to forward Savon Goodman. Done deal. Game over. Upset accomplished.

The game itself wasn't pretty. Both teams shot under 40 percent and combined for 27 turnovers. ASU held Texas A&M to 31.1 percent shooting, which ended up being its second-lowest percentage of the season.

While ASU wasn't much better (36.4 percent shooting), five Sun Devils racked up double-digit points, headlined by forward Willie Atwood's 15-point effort.

To that point of the season, the Sun Devils stood at 6-2 and boasted four wins against KenPom Top-100 teams. Excitement was brewing in Tempe. ASU, behind Hurley's direction, had made a loud statement to the country that it wasn't looking to just rebuild and get smacked around in nonconference play.

Although that did not translate into Pac-12 play, ASU's high-level play against high-level competition garnered enough attention to sneak into early Tournament predictions. It also gave ASU fans a glimpse into the kind of coach manned the sidelines for their team.

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 9: Lloyd Carrington's Pick-six against Arizona

It felt as thought all of the disappointment surrounding the Sun Devils football team didn't exist for that one day.

On November 21, 2015, ASU reclaimed the Territorial Cup from its arch rival Arizona, but not without a frantic finish. After maintaining a comfortable lead throughout the contest, the Wildcats had drawn within two possessions with three minutes left, but were reeling following a pick-six from Kareem Orr to put the Sun Devils ahead 45-30 on the previous drive.

Momentum on ASU's side, it felt as though any sort of points it could manufacture would ice the contest. That's when senior cornerback Lloyd Carrington left his mark on his final duel against the team from down south.

With 2:40 left, Arizona faced fourth-and-14 on its own 24-yard line. Wildcats freshman quarterback Brandon Hawkins—who had earlier entered in relief of interim starter Jerrard Randall—was dealt a six-man rush, with a safety blitz off the left side.

Under direct siege off his right, Hawkins flung a pass intended for Trey Griffey at the first-down marker, but Griffey hadn't turned around yet. Meanwhile, Carrington was able to soar into the air, secure the ball, then took off towards the end zone.

At around the 16-yard line, a Wildcat offensive lineman reached out his hand, contacting Carrington as he raced down the sideline. The corner began to acrobatically maneuver his way off-balance, teetering over the boundary the rest of the way, before high-stepping into the end zone for the game-cinching score.

Carrington's pick-six closed the game out for ASU, and provided Sun Devil football fans with a moment of joy and elation in the midst of what was a relatively underwhelming year.

Now it's your turn to vote and decide which moment will move on to the quarterfinals.