Did refs miss travel on Loyola Chicago in final seconds of win over Nevada?

Loyola Chicago is, improbably, moving on to the Elite Eight. The Ramblers outlasted Nevada in a thrilling Sweet 16 game on Thursday night after letting a 12-point second-half lead slip away. Marques Townes hit a 3-pointer with six seconds to go to put Loyola up four and all but seal the game.

But Caleb Martin answered with a 3 of his own with just under two seconds to play. Loyola still had to inbound the ball successfully to see out the game.

After a timeout, it did so, to Townes. But did Loyola’s hero travel immediately after he caught the ball?

Probably. The refs called Nevada’s Jordan Caroline for a foul. But before any contact occurred, Townes – surprised to see the onrushing Caroline as he turned to put the ball on the floor – appeared to take an extra step as he adjusted his feet to account for Caroline’s presence.

Nevada would have had just one second to inbound the ball and score before the buzzer sounded. A travel call on Townes likely wouldn’t have changed the result. But some Nevada fans will surely look back on it as a moment that denied their team one last chance.

Instead, Loyola inbounded the ball once more to clinch the victory. The issue for Nevada was that, after Martin’s 3-pointer, it was still three fouls away from putting Loyola in the bonus. Caroline’s on Townes was the second of the three. Nevada couldn’t get the third foul off before the clock hit 0.0.

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers drives to the basket during the third round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers drives to the basket against Cody Martin #11 of the Nevada Wolf Pack in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: Aundre Jackson #24 of the Loyola Ramblers and Cody Martin #11 of the Nevada Wolf Pack compete for the ball in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: The Loyola Ramblers celebrate after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Nevada 69-68. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Loyola Ramblers guard Marques Townes (5) reacts after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Loyola Ramblers forward Aundre Jackson (24) hugs Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Loyola Ramblers guard Ben Richardson (14) shoots against Nevada Wolf Pack guard Josh Hall (33) during the second half in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: Aundre Jackson #24 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrates after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Nevada 69-68. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 22: Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers puts the team name advancing to the Elite 8 the third round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament held at Philips Arena on March 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
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