As Butler forward Kameron Woods rose to finish a coast-to-coast drive with an emphatic one-handed dunk Tuesday night against Vanderbilt, fans at Hinkle Fieldhouse erupted in anticipation of a highlight-worthy slam.
The basket didn't cooperate.
Somehow, someway, Woods' dunk went through the rim, three-quarters of the way down the net and slingshotted back out. Woods was so sure the dunk went in that he didn't even bother to vie for the rebound and he was still signaling the basket should have counted even as he backpedaled to mid-court while his teammates corralled the ball.
To the referees' credit, they made the proper call. The NCAA rulebook states a shot only counts when "a live ball that is not a throw-in enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through."
Bizarre as Woods' missed dunk was, he should take solace that he's not the first player to experience such buzzard's luck.
In late-January 2011, Kansas State's Jamar Samuels had a dunk go three-quarters of the way down the net and come out in the first half of a loss to Kansas. Almost the identical thing happened to Texas A&M's Kourtney Roberson just 48 hours later in a 69-49 loss to Texas.
At least Woods probably had an easier time chuckling about the dunk than Samuels or Roberson did. Woods tallied 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in Butler's 85-77 overtime victory over Vanderbilt.