Almost all of the crowd remained in their seats following the February 26 University of Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team's 80-70 victory over the University of Texas Longhorns. Tables were brought onto the court and the 13 consecutive Big 12 Champion Basketball Trophies were placed in a row, with the 2018 Big 12 Champion Basketball Trophy on a separate table in front of them.
Head basketball coach, Bill Self, introduced each of the three seniors on the men's basketball team, asking them to limit their comments to 5 minutes, a request which was not honored and which few people in the audience wanted to be honored. The speeches were all emotional. Clay Young went first, followed by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Devonté Graham. Clay's speech was largely funny, as he described the way the coaches would ride him when he was doing nothing wrong. Devonté and Svi's speeches were more emotional and they both had to stop and compose themselves before finishing the speeches.
ESPN announcer, Dick Vitale, remained at the broadcast table following the game and recorded the first two speeches, reluctantly leaving as his staff dragged him away near the end of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk's speech.
Each player thanked their families, each coach by name, the other players, the managers and the fans, saying how much their experiences at the University of Kansas meant to them. Devonté Graham concluded with a thank you to his girlfriend, Avery Miller, who was on the edge of the court with the rest of the KU spirit squad.
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