Colorado's Jan. 3 loss to Arizona -- when Buffaloes guard Sabatino Chen banked in a last-millisecond 3-pointer that looked like it should have counted, but was stunningly reversed -- didn't, say, get an official review from the NCAA that passed just this week.
Fortunately, Askia Booker's Euro-stepping, buzzer-beating 3-pointer -- the one that gave Colorado a 75-72 walk-off win and sent Colorado students careening to the Coors Event Center floor -- should be less controversial than Chen's
was in January, even if it didn't look that way at first.
Live, Booker's shot looked like a travel (not that it could have been reviewed, anyway).
But the replay soon made clear that he
had (somehow) wrong-footed his
two-step pre-shot maneuver, gliding past Kansas's Frank Mason at mid-court just before (again: somehow) flicking the ball into the Buffs' home net.
It was Manu Ginobili-style stuff, and even Manu would have had second thoughts about the technique.
"It felt really good," Booker said just afterward, as he
was swarmed by fans, teammates and the ESPN broadcast crew.
was talking about the release of the shot, not its result, but the phrase surely applies to both.