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Maroon Madness Sweet 16: No. 2 Terrell Suggs vs. No. 4 Byron Scott

For the last spot in the Elite Eight, who’s it gonna be? — Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Image

The Matchup:

In the first round, ASU basketball icon Byron Scott defeated pitcher Mike Leake. Then, Terrell Suggs, one of the most renowned Sun Devils ever, overcame another former ASU baseball player in Bob Homer.

Career-Defining Moment:

Byron Scott will forever be remembered for his time in the NBA, specifically with the Lakers, both as a player and a coach. What made Scott so special isn’t just one “defining moment”, but for his time with the Lakers during the “Showtime Lakers” era. Scott made the NBA All-Rookie first team in 1984 and helped the Lakers to three championships. While Scott coached for the Lakers he was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 and was a two-time NBA All-Star head coach. Other than his two stints as a player and two years as a coach for the Lakers, Scott also played for the Indiana Pacers, Vancouver Grizzlies and Panathinaikos (FIBA).

Baltimore Raven fans will be forever grateful to Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome for selecting Terrell Suggs with the tenth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Like Byron Scott, Suggs didn’t just have one defining moment in his career. He helped the Ravens to a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, but he had arguably his best season in 2011 when he recorded 14 sacks and two interceptions. He also has two career defensive touchdowns added to his resume. Suggs is a seven-time Pro-Bowler, made first-team All-Pro in 2011, second-team All-Pro in 2008, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

Where are they now?

Byron Scott is now an NBA analyst for ESPN and has made many appearances on the show The Jump. Terrell Suggs is still playing for the Baltimore Ravens and is in his 15th-season with the team and is the franchise leader in sacks with 125.5.

Suggs’ Resume

ASU Career:

  • 2002 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2002 All-Pac-10 Selection
  • Broke NCAA single season sack record (24) in 2002

NFL Career:

  • Super Bowl XLVII Champion
  • 7-time Pro-Bowler
  • 2003 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • 2011 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2003 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • 125.5 Career Sacks (and counting)

Scott’s Resume

ASU Career

  • Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1979-1980)
  • Holds record for made field-goals in a season (283,1982-1983)
  • Second-team All-American (1982-1983)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (1982-1983)

NBA Career

  • Drafted fourth overall to the San Diego Clippers in 1983 NBA draft before being traded to the Lakers during contract negotiations
  • Three-time NBA champion (1985, 1987, 1988)
  • FIBA EuroStar and Greek Basket League Champion (1997-1998)

Coaching Career

NBA Coach of the Year (2008)