It took Villanova four seconds to score the game's first basket. The Wildcats blocked three shots in eight seconds, which may be some kind of record. The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night resembled an NCAA tournament practice session, but the fans were treated to a dominating performance by the Cats against the Nicholls State Colonels, a team that scored 111 points in its opening-game win against Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
After a few minutes, the only question was: Would the Wildcats exceed that total? They got there with in a 113-77 win that surely could have worse had not a benevolent coach Jay Wright mostly called off the defensive pressure in the second half.
It was 6-6 and then it was 35-11. After 12 minutes, Villanova (2-0) had scored those 35 points on just 23 possessions, an insane 1.52 points per possession. The Wildcats cooled off, but the point had been made.
This was going to be the full Villanova, different than recent seasons, but very muchtill one of the country's best teams. By halftime, the Colonels (1-1) had more turnovers and shots blocked (17) than made field goals (12), generally not a good formula for success.
Meanwhile, Mikal Bridges, who took the opening tap and scored, blocked two jumpers before Omari Spellman spiked a layup in that eight-second defensive tour de force. Bridges had 17 points by halftime and finished with 23. Villanova had a school-record 13 blocked shots and 12 dunks.
The Colonels, from Thibodaux, La., were your classic "opponent.'' Life should be a bit more comfortable in the Southland Conference and against the four non-Division I opponents on their schedule.