Nike Sibande powered the Panthers’ offense in the first half, splashing home triple after triple. The redshirt senior guard reached 12 points on four consecutive three-point field goals. He has scored in double figures three games in a row and four of his last five appearances.
The Panthers (13-6, 6-2 ACC) have now won two in a row and dominated Louisville (2-17, 0-8 ACC) as the Cardinals ran their losing streak to eight straight in a 75-54 finish.
In the midst of a 17-2 run, Sibande helped Pitt gain a double-digit lead on the Cardinals and set the tone of the evening ahead. Louisville head coach Kenny Payne yelled at his players to close out on a Pitt player’s three-point attempts to prevent further damage. The ball still found the bottom of the basket for Nike.
Sibande responded on Twitter, saying “Lol It’s all (love) coach!”
Lol It’s all ❤️ coach ! https://t.co/T1HVOvRnWY
— Nike Sibande (@sibande_nike) January 19, 2023
Sibande suffered a torn ACL in Pitt’s exhibition win over Gannon last season to begin the year. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21 minutes per game, shooting 40% from the field.