As The Star’s Sam Mellinger noted, the defensive play of the year for Kansas – and perhaps in all of college basketball – came in the Jayhawks’ 70-56 win at Kansas State on Monday night.
The Wildcats’ Xavier Sneed thought he was headed for a dunk that would have sent Bramlage Coliseum into a frenzy.
Instead, KU’s Svi Mykhailiuk swooped in from behind and knocked the ball from Sneed’s hand. “Foul!” cried the Wildcats fans. Alas, there was no whistle, and there shouldn’t have been one.
Here is a look at the play in real time:
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And this is another look at the play, but in slow motion:
One more view, and this shows Mykhailiuk chasing down Sneed: