VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kris Jenkins hit a 3-pointer without much hoopla.He wasnt mobbed by his Villanova teammates, and confetti didnt rain from the rafters. No streamers, no hysterical fans. Jenkins simply hustled back for a routine defensive assignment.His first 3 of the game simply helped the Wildcats open the season the same way they ended the last one -- with a win.Jalen Brunson scored 17 points, Jenkins had 16, and No. 4 Villanova opened the defense of its national championship with an 88-48 victory over Lafayette on Friday night.Playing a game is probably the best thing we can do to get past last season, coach Jay Wright said.Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3 in the 2015-16 title game to lift the Wildcats to a 77-74 win over North Carolina. With a national championship banner hanging in the rafters, Jenkins naturally scored Villanovas first two points of the season after forcing a turnover at midcourt. The forward then hit his first 3 to make it 10-2 and helped the Wildcats storm to a 49-17 lead at the end of the first half.Villanova looked every bit like a team that could become the first repeat national champ since Florida in 2006 and 2007. Jenkins, who flirted with leaving for the NBA after last season, said the Wildcats had moved forward.Its pretty easy to do because we have a team thats hungry, he said.The Wildcats, three-time defending Big East champs, also have a team thats deep and versatile. Josh Hart, a preseason All-American, scored 13 points for the Wildcats. Reserve Mikal Bridges had 16 points and eight rebounds.Thats what a top team has, Lafayette coach Fran OHanlon said. It has a number of guys fighting for a lot of playing time and getting a lot of playing time.Brunson and Jenkins each hit four of Villanovas 15 3-pointers.Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 10 points.?BIG PICTURELafayette: The Leopards continue to play Villanova, even with just one win in 10 career matchups. The Leopards missed 12 of 13 3-point attempts in the first half and scored only two points on their first 20 possessions. The Leopards, out of the Patriot League, wont play another team in the regular season like Villanova. Lafayette does return to Philadelphia on Dec. 22 to play at Saint Josephs.Villanova: The Wildcats could use an easy one before they play at No. 15 Purdue on Monday. The Wildcats won their 40th straight game at the Pavilion and sold out the gym for the 170th straight time. Villanova is a whopping 98-13 there since the start of the 2013-14 season.THANKS FOR NOTHINGOHanlon played point guard for three seasons (1967-70) for the Wildcats. He had just one small problem opening the season at Villanova.Jay didnt say he was going to win the national title, OHanlon said with a laugh.The Wildcats make a return trip next season and play Lafayette at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. OHanlon said the original pitch to his program was that the game in Allentown would be this season. When that fell through, the Wildcats offered Lafayette to come to campus this season.Yeah, thats some favor, Jay, OHanlon said. Im going to play the national champs twice. They may be twice (two-time champs) by that time.POLL IMPLICATIONSVillanova will remain ranked inside the top five.UP NEXTLafayette plays Monday night at Saint Peters.Villanova tries for a 3-0 career mark against the Boilermakers on Monday. Villanova won games against Purdue in 1995 and 2012. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. 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"Its very hard for the umpire, I threw a lot of good pitches up and away and down and inside but we dont get any pitches. Its not an excuse but when the umpire gives those pitches to you the game is a different story." "There was a lot of borderline pitches that I dont think he got tonight," said Gibbons. "They might have been up but you know, he pounds the strike zone, thats his game.dddddddddddd Hes one of those crafty veterans." BRANDON MORROW Theres doubt whether Morrow, 28, will be able to make his scheduled start against the Red Sox on Sunday. The right-hander is suffering from back spasms and remained in Florida when the club travelled to Boston for further tests and treatment. "He got an MRI down there so the disc and everything are fine," said manager John Gibbons. "Hes still a little bit stiff. Theres a question whether they can get that out of there or not. We think hell be able to pitch but thats not 100-percent." Morrow missed his regular turn on Friday and was replaced by Ramon Ortiz. RAJAI DAVIS Davis, who led off and was the designated hitter on Friday, left the game when his turn came up in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays say Davis a left oblique strain, which began with a "tweak" during the series with the Rays. Due the nature of oblique injuries – Brett Lawrie and Brandon Morrow can attest – the club will take all necessary precautions with Davis. Theres been no decision made whether to place Davis on the disabled list. ' ' '