Remember when people said the Villanova Wildcats were going to fall off a little with the losses of Josh Hart, Kris Jenkins, and Darryl Reynolds?
Well, they haven't shown it yet this season.
Just one game removed from setting a school record with 13 blocks in their blowout win against Nicholls, it was the offense that took the attention. The Wildcats made 11 of their first 13 shots along with nine of their first 11 3-pointers to demolish Lafayette, 104-57. A 56-point first half and five players in double figures helped Villanova cruise to a 3-0 start to the season for the eleventh year in a row.
It was another Villanova-style game, as they assisted on 12 of the first 13 field goals and had 21 dimes for the game.
Oh, their defense wasn't bad either. After forcing 17 turnovers against the Colonels, the Wildcats outdid themselves by forcing 19 turnovers while turning away only two shots.
Mikal Bridges led all scorers with 23 on 9-10 shooting along with making all 6 3-point shots on the game. Over the past two games, Bridges has scored 47 points on 16-21 shooting along with 10-13 from three. Jalen Brunson added 22 points to go along with six assists.
For Lafayette, Matt Klinewski, the newest member of the 1,000 point club in program history, led the Leopards with 16 points along with six rebounds and three assists.
Villanova scored 100 points in back-to-back games for the first time since February 7 and 10 of 2009 against Syracuse and Marquette.
Villanova turns its attention to the Bahamas to participate in the Battle for Atlantis to play Western Kentucky on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Wildcats could run into the Purdue Boilermakers in the semifinals, and then could meet the Arizona Wildcats in the championship game barring any upsets. The 'Cats won the Battle for Atlantis back in 2013, when Ryan Arcidiacono and company took down Kansas and Iowa to take home the crown.