LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Taquan Dean and Louisville made quick work of Virginia Military in its final game before a major showdown.
Dean hit a school record nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the 25th-ranked Cardinals coasted to a 107-56 blowout.
Louisville (6-1) won its sixth straight heading into Saturday's matchup with top-ranked Kentucky. The Cardinals coasted to an 81-63 victory in last year's matchup at Freedom Hall.
"We know we have a tough time ahead," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said of Saturday's game at Rupp Arena. "So the timing was perfect for this game."
Dean hit 9-of-12 shots from beyond the arc, breaking the record of eight set by James Brewer in 1993 and matched by current teammate Francisco Garcia last season. Dean made 11-of-15 shots overall.
"I was just loose and having fun," Dean said. "When I'm having fun, that's when I play my best."
Louisville jumped out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back. Nate Daniels added 17 points and Luke Whitehead had 15 and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who have yet to leave Louisville since a loss to Iowa in Indianapolis on November 29.
"A lot of times you don't stay focused when you are playing a team like this," Whitehead said. "Sometimes you overlook them. But we stayed focused the whole game and didn't overlook them."
The Cardinals exhibited good ballhandling throughout the game, passing for a school-record 34 assists against nine turnovers. Louisville previous best assist total was 32, against Alaska-Anchorage on November 27, 1999.
Garcia finished with 12 points and tied a career-high with eight assists while Whitehead had six. The Cardinals' crisp passing helped them shoot 51 percent (42-of-82).
"Garcia could have had 30 points but he was looking for his teammates," VMI coach Bart Bellairs said.
Matt Murer was the lone player in double figures for VMI (2-7) with 11 points. The Keydets have lost four of their last five games.
VMI struggled against Louisville's stifling defense, shooting 33 percent (20-of-61) and committing 23 turnovers. The Keydets committed nine turnovers in the first four minutes and Louisville built a 58-24 halftime lead.