LOUISVILLE — Mike Marra scored 22 points, including six three-pointers, to lead Louisville to an easy 96-54 exhibition victory over Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night.
Peyton Siva added 18 points and Terrence Jennings scored 15 for the Cardinals, who shot 49 percent from the floor.
Chris Williams led Kentucky Wesleyan with 12 points, but the Panthers struggled to keep up with the Cardinals, who forced 25 turnovers and held Kentucky Wesleyan to 38 percent shooting.
Louisville Coach Rick Pitino has pledged his undersized, inexperienced team will play an uptempo style designed to wear teams down, and the Cardinals looked crisp at times while pushing the pace at every opportunity.
"We got better the second time out," Pitino said. "We still have a long way to go but we're still making strides."
Pitino experimented with his lineup, starting sophomore forward Stephan Van Treese and freshman center Gorgui Dieng in place of regulars Rakeem Buckles and Terrence Jennings.
The Cardinals open the regular season Tuesday against No. 17 Butler.
Louisville also announced the signing of 6-foot-7 forward Angel Nunez from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. He'll join Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear and Zach Price, all of whom signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Zeller commits to Indiana
WASHINGTON, Ind. — The Hoosiers have a big win and the season hasn't even started yet.
Prep standout Cody Zeller announced Thursday that he's staying home to play for Indiana and Coach Tom Crean.
"Growing up in Indiana, I think it will mean a lot for me playing in this state," said Zeller, who is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation.
The 6-10 senior at southern Indiana's Washington High School had narrowed his choices to Indiana, Butler and North Carolina. He announced his decision at his high school gym.
Zeller and his two older brothers each won state championships with the Hatchets. Indiana tried to recruit Zeller's brothers, but Luke Zeller played at Notre Dame and Tyler Zeller plays at North Carolina.
Cody Zeller said he hopes to help the Hoosiers improve the program, which went 10-21 last year and hasn't had a winning season since 2007-08. He said Crean told him he could make a big difference.
"I'll have a part in it even my freshman year," said Zeller, who expects to play forward. "I can be one of the guys who can help them rebuild."
Zeller said he talked to people close to him about his college options and realized Indiana "was the best thing for me."
He said academics at IU were also important.
"You can't play basketball your whole life," he said.
Turpin's son signs with Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State has signed Kiel Turpin, son of the late Kentucky All American and NBA player Melvin Turpin.
The 6-11 center averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in leading Lincoln College of Illinois to the Junior College Division II National Championship as a freshman this year. He was named the tournament MVP.
His father died at age 49 in July in Lexington.