LOUISVILLE - The tune-up was a blowout.
Louisville's basketball team, which will play at No. 1 Kentucky Saturday, rolled to a 107-56 victory over Virginia Military Institute Tuesday at Freedom Hall.
The 20th-ranked Cardinals (6-1) dominated the game from beginning to end and set several records in the process. The team set a record for most assists in a game with 34, and Taquan Dean buried nine three-pointers, good for the most three-point field goals in a game.
"The keys on offense were Francisco (Garcia) and passing," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "You could really see him pass up his shot and get Taquan his shot. Taquan's a great shooter, and when he sees a zone he's going to shoot it.
"Our guys took care of business and did a professional job of passing the ball," he added. "They thought pass before shot."
Garcia finished with a game-high eight assists.
"I was trying to get everyone's confidence up for the next game," Garcia said.
The plan worked well. Everyone on Louisville's roster played, and all but two players scored. Freshman Chris Current, a Frankfort High graduate, scored the first points of his collegiate career on a three-point shot with 7:25 left in the game.
Junior Joshua Tinch, who joined the team this week after football season ended, finished with five points, as did freshman Brad Gianiny.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's State Journal.