Kansas Gets Away With Obvious Travel to Sink Buzzer-Beater and Beat K-State

Bryan Brandom
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The in-state rivalry matchup between No. 3 Kansas and Kansas State came down to the final second, and probably should have gone another five minutes.

With the score knotted at 88 apiece and KU inbounding under their own basket, the Wildcats did well to keep the ball out of the hands of the Jayhawks' elite backcourt of Devonte Graham and Frank Mason.

Instead, the ball ended up in the hands of wing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, who drove the length of the floor and flipped in a layup as time expired—but not before picking up his dribble and taking three long strides; or, as some call it, traveling.

"I think everybody knows what happened," said K-State coach Bruce Weber after his team's second loss of the season. "Want to see my phone? There's a hundred (messages). Everybody knows what happened. I mean, it's obvious. The TV people came up to me. Everyone."

Kansas extended its winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse to 50.

"Svi showed some athletic ability there at the end," said Kansas coach Bill Self, who's now 212-9 at the Jayhawks' historic stadium. "I haven't seen it. I don't know if he walked or not. I know everybody said he did. He may have, I don't know. But it still was a heck of an athletic play to get all the way to the hole."

According to ESPN reporter Andy Katz, college basketball's officiating wing won't make a statement about the play.

"That is a judgment call that in fast motion it is very hard to tell if he ended dribble with a foot on floor and went step step or if both feet were in air when ended dribble so it is legal to go step step," the source said. "Tough play to call either way."

Regardless of the outcome, it was another monstrous performance from freshman phenom and projected top-five NBA draft pick Josh Jackson, who, in addition to throwing down this insane dunk …

… scored 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, six assists, a block, and a steal.