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U of L fans gather to rally in support of men's basketball team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of University of Louisville fans attended a rally Saturday follow the men's basketball team's win against Duke.

The rally was aimed at showing support for the players, in particular Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. Both are graduate transfers to the program. 

"The hardest thing for me is knowing with Lee and Lewis, (who) showed so much support for the community," rally organizer Jason Reed said. "And then when things got tough, we didn't show any support for them."

During the rally, which lasted a little over an hour outside Billy Minardi Hall on campus, Lee and Lewis poked their heads out to say thanks to the fans.

"This was unfair," one fan said. "These kids today had nothing to do with those kids back then."

It was in October when "Breaking Cardinal Rules" was released. In the book, self-proclaimed madam Katina Powell alleged that she provided strippers and prostitutes for Louisville players and recruits. She claims this came at the request of former director of basketball operations Andre McGee.

McGee has denied the allegations through an attorney. 

On Feb. 5, U of L President James Ramsey announced the Louisville men's basketball program would self-impose a ban on the 2015-16 postseason. 

"For them to come this far and just have an axe dropped on them, its wrong," Reed said. "It's morally wrong."

Reed said he has a petition with more than 11,000 signatures to rescind the postseason ban. He plans to hold more rallies before the end of the season. 

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