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Maroon Madness Elite Eight: No. 1 James Harden vs. No. 2 Terrell Suggs

“The Beard” vs. “T-Sizzle.” Who are you sending to the Final Four?

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In the first-round, James Harden and Terrell Suggs got through with over 85 percent of the vote going up against Jim Jeffcoat and Bob Horner, respectively. The same story played out in the Sweet 16 where Harden defeated Andre Ethier with 96 percent of the vote and Suggs got past Byron Scott with 88 percent.


Harden (from first-round article): A consensus First-Team All-American in 2009, Harden was also named Pac-10 Player of the Year during that same season. He was named a Wooden Award Finalist in 2009 as well. In the NBA, Harden has already made a solid case for being a top 50 player of all time. The six-time all-star has averaged 23 points and 6.1 assists in his nine seasons and was recognized this past season as the NBA MVP.

Suggs (from first-round article): One of the most feared linebackers in the NFL, Suggs has carved out a Hall of Fame worthy career in the vaunted Baltimore Ravens’ defense. The seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLVII champion has shown his strong persona on and off the field, including a recurring guest star role on HBO”s show “Ballers”. “T-Sizzle’s” best season in the NFL was in 2011, when he collected 14 sacks, 50 tackles and tied his career high with two interceptions.


Harden’s Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career:
2008-09 Consensus All-American
Wooden Award Finalist (2008-09)
2008-09 Pac-10 Conferenece Player of the Year
Scored 704 points in 2008-09 (1st in Pac-10 Conference)
No. 13 Jersey is retired
Drafted 3rd-overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro Career
Six-time NBA All-Star
4-time All NBA (3rd-Team 2012-13, 1st-team 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17)
2016-17 NBA Assists Leader
2017-18 NBA Scoring Champion
NBA MVP (2018)

Suggs’ Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
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)