Kansas State almost -- almost -- gave Bill Self his 10th loss at Allen Fieldhouse.
After rallying from a 12-point second-half deficit, the Wildcats failed to hit the go-ahead shot on their final possession. The game didn't reach overtime because KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk hit the winning shot, giving Kansas a 90-88 ending.
After a blatant travel.
A travel that was not called.
For K-State fans, this will forever be known as the "Walk, Chalk, Jayhawk" game.
Svi wins it for KU at the buzzer -- with contact. It is near-impossible to steal one from Kansas at the Phog. pic.twitter.com/b85I4ttPt1— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 4, 2017
I mean ... that's incredible. Look where he picks up his dribble! Can't quite tell? Here's the damning still-frame evidence. I howled upon seeing this tweet.
Svi picked up his dribble there and shot it there. pic.twitter.com/29NDvwdKmK— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) January 4, 2017
"Even in Europe that's a travel," Fran Fraschilla said on the telecast afterward.
K-State could and should protest this outcome. A public acknowledgement from the head of Big 12 officiating will almost certainly be coming, a statement that acknowledges the zebras botched this ending. Anything short of that, well, shame on the Big 12.
Wondering why the ending wasn't reviewed? Travel violations are not reviewable. The rule book can be a tedious, at times contradictory thing. Here's a situation that highlights how any and all end-game scenarios should be subject to review for any possible violation. The officials did go to the monitor to make sure Mykhailiuk got the shot off in time.
Unfortunately for K-State, and for the integrity of college hoops, reviewing a missed travel is not allowable.
Either way, a statement of clarification isn't going to do much for K-State. The end of the game will not be replayed. Kansas is great year in and year out, but the lament for almost any coach that goes into that building is how tough it is to beat the Jayhawks, in some part because the officiating always seems to benefit the Jayhawks. This is the latest example.
An interesting wrinkle, and part of the reason why Mykhailiuk took steps: He wasn't expecting to get the ball on the final play. He said afterward that the design was for KU star senior Frank Mason III to get the ball and then decide whether to take a shot or dish to Devonte Graham. Instead, K-State plays good defense on the inbound, Mykhailiuk ends up in a dash up the floor and lets his eagerness get ahead of him.
Fortunately for him, the officials had their eyes elsewhere.
Kansas, ranked third in America, improves to 13-1 and has won 13 straight. The Jayhawks have won 47 straight at home. K-State falls to 12-2.
For a history on the nine times a foe has managed to pull off the unthinkable and beat Self in his own house, read up right here.