Travel or no travel on Keith Appling's drive for layup?

If you ever wondered if a player could pick up his dribble from outside the 3-point arc and get to the hoop for a layup without being called for traveling, he can. Keith Appling did it in Tuesday night’s overtime win at Iowa, and the no-call didn’t sit well with Iowa fans or Fran McCaffery; in fact, McCaffery was hit with a technical foul. ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said this about the play: “It’s hard to believe, but I think that would have been a walk in the NBA.”

Let’s just say, Appling covered a lot of ground without a dribble.

Here’s some Twitter reaction to the play:


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Robert Boyd on 1/28/2014 @ 10:04pm EDT Said:

Iowa certainly had their chances to win this game, and didn’t take advantage. But when are the refs going to stop kissing Tom Izzo’s butt? This is getting ridiculous.

John on 1/28/2014 @ 10:09pm EDT Said:

The refs cost Iowa that game. Not only Appling’s obvious travel, but the over and back that wasn’t called. It’s hard to win an 8 on 5 game. I am going to put a play on what Lute Olson said years ago. “Those refs belong in jail”!! Izzo has all the Big 10 officials in his hip pocket and anyone with half a brain knows that.

Jon on 1/28/2014 @ 11:05pm EDT Said:

For those of you saying the refs were on MSU’s side, just remember that before the foul game started at the end, the free throw count was in the area of 14 for MSU and 38 for Iowa

It just doesn't matter on 1/28/2014 @ 11:22pm EDT Said:

Whining about so bad calls?! Not sure it would matter since Iowa only made 1 FG in last 14+ minutes. Ugly game but Iowa had plenty of chances and couldn’t convert.

ErbTron on 1/29/2014 @ 9:55am EDT Said:

42 Free-Throws vs. 20. The culture Frantrum brings just breathes blaming officials.

Ben on 1/29/2014 @ 11:01am EDT Said:

Just because the free throws were uneven between teams means the reffing was in Iowa’s favor! MSU was playing hack-a-Iowa-player the entire game simply to get Iowa off their fast paced tempo. Iowa sure didn’t do themselves any favors with un-clutch missed free throws — make a couple more and this is an Iowa win no question.

Ben on 1/29/2014 @ 11:04am EDT Said:

*doesn’t mean

AJ Morgan on 1/29/2014 @ 11:36am EDT Said:

Iowa lost the game because they missed shots, free throws, etc. they had the lea at first but Michigan State has had comebacks before and they had another one last night so blame the refs all you want, Michigan State won this game by Defense, GO GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AJ Morgan on 1/29/2014 @ 11:38am EDT Said:

Iowa had turnovers as well and that will cost teams a win at home and on the road.

Trey on 1/29/2014 @ 12:19pm EDT Said:

The posts of izzo having the refs in his back pocket and the refs gave the game to msu is probably the funniest thing i read in a while. The reason why Iowa lost was because they couldnt make a fg for 10 minutes at one point. If it werent for the 43 free throws taken the game could have been a lot worse. Iowa is a good team, but came short with all the opportunities.

Jefferson on 1/29/2014 @ 7:50pm EDT Said:

That was an obvious travel and did have a significant influence on the game. Iowa did have their chances but it hard to win a tough game when calls are blown.

Steve Dakota on 1/30/2014 @ 7:34pm EDT Said:

A good ref would not have immediately T’d up the Iowa coach after missing one of the most obvious travelling calls you’ll ever see. I would think most professional refs would have simply diffused the situation by apologizing to the coach and admitting they missed the call. A professional coach or person would likely appreciate the honesty and move on.

The ref needs to learn some people skills or the big 10 needs to find a better ref.

I bet the ref’s partners were embarrassed. If the coach don’t get T’d, only the fans watching the game would have known that they let a player run down the court with the ball. Because of the additional spotlight, now many do.