By Chris Jenkins
Marquette Senior Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With big headphones on his ears and a relaxed look on his face, guard Trent Lockett casually greeted a group of Marquette fans at the team hotel as he made his way to a team meeting.
"How are you guys doing?," he asked, exchanging high fives.
Lockett and the rest of the team had a quick, last-minute film session with coach Buzz Williams at the hotel before boarding the bus to nearby Rupp Arena about two hours before Thursday afternoon's NCAA tournament matchup with Davidson.
They were seen off by an enthusiastic gathering of fans in the lobby, along with Marquette's band, cheerleaders and the Golden Eagle mascot. And if you think a college band might sound loud within the acoustic confines of a hotel lobby -- well, you'd be right.
Marquette President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., also was on hand to greet fans at a pregame reception, one day after he and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Larry Williams represented Marquette at a news conference in New York to announce details of the reconfigured Big East.
Should the Golden Eagles win Thursday, they could face new conference foe Butler on Saturday. Butler, Xavier and Creighton will join the "new" Big East next season.
The team's day started with a 10 a.m. shootaround at the arena, after which players and coaches headed back to the hotel for breakfast and additional preparation. Marquette was the only team playing in Lexington that elected to have a shootaround Thursday morning.
The Golden Eagles take on Davidson at 2:10 p.m. CDT on truTV.