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#SunDevilMoments First Round: Phelps joins Curtain vs. WBB's Pac-12 title

We continue the first round in our #SunDevilMoments series with an Olympic-level distraction going up against a conference title for one of the school's basketball teams.

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We continue with the first round of the #SunDevilMoments series with a matchup between the biggest moment in Curtain of Distraction history going up against the women's basketball team's Pac-12 co-championship. But first, here is how the bracket looks after five matchups have been completed.

#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 7: Michael Phelps joins the Curtain of Distraction vs. Seed No. 10: Women's basketball claims share of Pac-12 title

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 7: Michael Phelps joins the Curtain of Distraction

The Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team held a 19-point lead over theOregon State Beavers after a dominant first half. The Sun Devils looked nothing like a team that lost six of its last seven games, but they weren't the reason why fans inside Wells Fargo Arena were buzzing.

Few things can keep fans in an arena during a 20-point blowout.

One of those things -- rather, 18 of those things -- happens to be gold medals, all of which were on display when Michael Phelps paid a visit to ASU's Curtain of Distraction.

With 13:47 remaining in the game and ASU holding a 51-28 lead, it was time. Oregon State's Stephen Thompson, Jr. was about to shoot two of the strangest free throws of his life. Once he received the ball, it happened. Phelps emerged from the depths of the curtain, accompanied by two members of the 942 Crew, and ripped his shirt off to reveal all 18 of his gold medals and just as many abdominal muscles.

Thompson missed the first free throw, but Phelps wasn't finished just yet.

When the unknowing and unlucky freshman readied himself for his second shot, Phelps reappeared and tore off his pants to reveal a speedo.

And there was the greatest Olympian ever - swim cap, speedo, and 18 gold medals, jumping and hollering with the rest of the ASU contingent, and celebrating when Thompson missed his second free shot. Another win for Michael Phelps.

ASU ended up winning the game by 18 points, but Phelps was all the buzz.

After the game, head coach Bobby Hurley said it was the first time he had made sure to watch the Curtain of Distraction. ASU guard Gerry Blakes also mentioned that the medals almost distracted him during the game. All-around, the night was a success.

Not only was Phelps there, but he participated in a goofy, only-in-college type of gimmick. And not only did he participate, but it actually worked.

Afterward, the national media was buzzing with clips of Phelps in a speedo, swim cap and 18 pieces of proof that he's the greatest swimmer ever.

Even though the game itself ended up being ASU's fourth-to-last win of the season, one could say Phelps certainly made a splash in Sun Devil Nation that night.


#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 10: Women's basketball claims share of Pac-12 title

Perhaps no Arizona State coach is more accomplished than Charli Turner Thorne. She is the winningest coach in ASU women's basketball history and is No. 2 in the Pac-12 in total wins.

Turner Thorne will be starting her 20th season at ASU in 2016-2017. However it will be difficult to top her 19th season, in which she guided the Sun Devils to a share of the Pac-12 title.

The Sun Devils earned its highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 2) in program history last season, after the Sun Devils won 26 games. ASU tied a program record with 16 conference victories, 15 consecutive victories and set the program record with 11 road wins.

The culmination of the season for the Sun Devils came on February 26 when ASU beat the USC Trojans 50-45 to earn a share of the Pac-12 title. It wasn't the cleanest effort for the Sun Devils, as they scored just four points in the first quarter and committed 23 turnovers in the game.

Arizona State used its size advantage to dominate on the boards, outrebounding USC 38-26. Sophie Brunner led the Sun Devils with 12 boards with Kelsey Moos adding nine.

Senior guard Katie Hempen led ASU with 11 points, Elisha Davis added nine and Sabrina Haines contributed with seven points and four rebounds.

The Sun Devils would eventually fall to Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now it is your turn to vote and see which moment will make it to the quarterfinals.