It hasn't been easy and Tuesday will be one of the toughest days of their lives.
But University of Louisville fifth-year seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis talked to the media on Monday. The two U of L stars will play their final home game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. against Georgia Tech. Senior Night has been designated a Red Out.
"This fan base is amazing," Damion Lee said Saturday after a Miami loss. "It's going to be a lot of fun (on Tuesday). I really hadn't been thinking about it too much until you said something about it, but it's going to be an emotional night."
Lewis and Lee have been rocks - on and off the floor - for the Cardinals.
The two leading scorers for the Cardinals have stayed positive even with their college careers cut short by the self-imposed postseason ban the school announced last month. The two have stayed leaders and stayed strong for their teammates.
And the Cardinals have responded with a 22-7 record, including 11-5 in the ACC, and No. 11 ranking.
"You're torn in a way, because of course you want to play in the tournament and want all these things to happen," Lewis said. "But then you see all the good that's happened, people coming together (and) supporting each other and you feel loved. As a leader, you've got to keep a straight face, stay composed and lead your troops."
Lewis and Lee have kept the troops in line.
And for one final time, the duo will lead the Cardinals onto the floor at the Yum Center.
"I'd be lying if I said it didn't," Lee said of the season ending early being a disappointment. "But it's one of those situations where you just roll with the punches. Things happen in life, and sometimes people that aren't involved in things have to pay for it.
"But we're all mature and I feel like this has helped us come together as a team and grow as individuals."