After Kalen Ballage moonwalked (get it?) his way into the quarterfinals of our #SunDevilMoments series, we move on to our third matchup of the first round. Here is how the bracket looks with two spots in the quarterfinals already secured.
#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 4: ASU winning Heros of the Dorm Title vs. Seed No. 13: Tra Holder's steal to seal ASU's victory over Creighton.
There was only one team at Arizona State that won a National Championship during the 2015-2016 academic year. Only one team reached the pinnacle of its sport. That team did not wear any helmets.
They did not bounce any balls or use any bats. Instead, they wore headsets and controlled characters in a video game. And for two nights in April, the captivated social media and the entire university.
On April 10, 2015, the Arizona State eSports team won the 2016 Heros of the Dorm National Championship. The Sun Devils took down UT Arlington 3-0 in the nationally-televised best of five series. This comes a year after ASU fell to California in the 2015 Heros of the Dorm finals.
Arizona State won the title playing Heroes of the Storm, a five-on-five Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game ("MOBA for short) in a 64-team bracket consisting of American and Canadian universities.
All six players â Michael Udall ("MichaelUdall"), Stefan Anderson ("akaface"), Parpham Emami ("Pham"), Austin Lonsert (Shot), Isaiah Rubin ("Snickers") and Vann Childs ("Vannity") won $25,000 per year in tuition for three years as a result of winning the tournament.
With just 19 seconds left and the Arizona State Sun Devils trailing by one in a pivotal non-conference battle against the Creighton Bluejays, point guard Tra Holder knew he might need to make a big play.
Savon Goodman - who entered the night ranked last in free throw percentage among Sun Devils - was at the line with a chance to tie the game, but making that free throw seemed far from a sure thing. So Holder prepared himself, maybe to grab a long miss or possibly poke the ball away from one of Creighton's bigs.
And when Isaiah Zierden pulled down the rebound, it was the latter that Holder pulled off with perfection. Sprinting in from beyond the three-point line, Holder stuck his hand out, stole the ball from Zierden, and got a layup up off the glass.
The shot didn't go through the basket because Bluejay center Geoffrey Groselle swatted it away while still falling towards the cylinder, but the officials quickly and correctly whistled Groselle for goaltending.
Holder's heady play gave Arizona State a 78-77 lead - an advantage the team would narrowly hang on to throughout an intense final 15 seconds.
The maroon and gold's season largely ended in disappointment due to their 5-13 record in Pac-12 play, but this victory seemed huge at the time. Not only did they post a win in their first road game of the season, but ASU was off to a 5-2 start with victories over Belmont, NC State, and of course, Creighton.
Excitement was high in Tempe for Bobby Hurley's first season in the desert, and save for an opening night setback against Sacramento State, fans couldn't have asked for a better start to the year.
Now. it's your turn to vote for your favorite moment and send one of these #SunDevilMoments into the quarterfinals.