Just hours after learning the University of Louisville basketball program would have a postseason ban imposed for this season, the Cardinals filed one into the media room at the practice facility.
Graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis led the way into the room.
And the rest of the 13 members of the team stood behind their leaders as they addressed the media for about 15 minutes on the issue, Lee noting this was "devastating" news for them and the team.
"It’s tough times, but there is definitely a silver lining in this storm," Lee said, noting the team has nine games left.
Lee came to U of L from Drexel and Lewis from Cleveland State for a chance to play in their first NCAA Tournament. The team are the team's top two scorers as the Cardinals are 18-4 heading into Saturday's game against Boston College.
But now their dreams are dashed.
"We came here for a purpose and a mission, to play for a great school and to play in the tournament for a great coach," Lewis said. "We don't deserve this. This team doesn't deserve this."null