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5 Takeaways: Nike Sibande’s Emergence Has Been Huge for Pitt

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All through the primary half of the Pitt hoops season, its beginning guards — Nelly Cummings, Jamarius Burton, and Greg Elliott — have been the massive tales within the again courtroom for the Panthers.

Nevertheless, as of late, a fourth guard — Nike Sibande — has established himself as an offensive nightmare for the opposition.

Sibande scored a season-high factors in Pitt’s win on Saturday afternoon over Georgia Tech, 70-61.

Sibande, coming off the bench, opened the sport with 14 factors within the first half, creating in one-on-one alternatives and getting the place he wished, when he wished. He hit three of his 4 three-point makes an attempt in that first half as properly.

Within the second half, Sibande added seven factors, together with an and-one end to snap a Pitt chilly streak and put the nail within the coffin on this one.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL

Within the win, Pitt took care of the ball in addition to it has all yr lengthy, solely turning the ball over thrice (season-best).

Regardless of having simply 5 assists on its 24 made baskets, Pitt regarded to transition alternatives, isolation conditions, and the free-throw line for its offensive success.

Apart from Sibande’s game-high 21 factors, Pitt regarded to Jamarius Burton (19 factors, 2 assists, one turnover), Blake Hinson (13 factors), and Nelly Cummings (11 factors, two assists) to deal with the ball and supply offensive firepower.

Nike Sibande Explodes for 21, Leads Pitt Over Georgia Tech, 71-60

PANTHERS OUT-REBOUNDED AGAIN

Pitt has regarded to Federiko Federiko and Guillermo Diaz-Graham for inside assist this season, and the kids have executed their greatest holding down the paint within the absence of John Hugley, final season’s main scorer and rebounder for the Panthers.

Nevertheless, with Hugley now out for the season, the skinny entrance courtroom has much more weight on its shoulders, and on Saturday afternoon, Georgia Tech took benefit of Pitt’s lack of measurement and power inside.

The Yellow Jackets outrebounded the Panthers 40-35 within the afternoon matchup, with 14 of their boards approaching the offensive finish. They then turned these offensive boards into 19 second-chance factors, preserving them within the sport whereas Pitt struggled to drag away.

Coming into the sport, Georgia Tech solely had three gamers averaging greater than 5 rebounds per sport. The Jackets regarded to protect Deivon Smith (6-foot-1) for an awesome sport on the boards, as he hauled in 11 rebounds over Pitt’s bigs. 6-foot-11 large Rodney Howard, who got here in averaging lower than 5 rebounds per sport, grabbed ten rebounds within the matchup.

BURTON CONTINUES RIDICULOUS CONFERENCE RUN

Over Pitt’s final two video games, Jamarius Burton has jumped into the highest spot on the staff when it comes to factors per sport.

Burton is averaging 16.7 factors per sport this season, in his fifth enjoying faculty hoops. The lead guard is capturing 53% from the sector, in addition to 42% from three-point vary.

Burton has been at his greatest when driving and utilizing his bodily body and play model to bully smaller guards. Particularly in convention play, He has, at occasions, taken over video games together with his constant soar shot and driving skill. In Saturday afternoon’s victory, Burton had ten factors within the first half and 9 within the second, delivering one other full efficiency.

In convention play, he’s now averaging 20.3 factors, 3.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per sport whereas capturing 54% from the sector, 42% from three, and 89% from the free-throw line.

Watch Burton’s newest episode of the Simply Buckets Podcast on PSN under.

TAKING CARE OF THE BAD TEAMS

Whereas Georgia Tech did put up a battle in Saturday’s matchup, it was necessary for Pitt to get again on monitor and deal with enterprise in opposition to one of many ACC’s worst squads.

The Panthers comfortably beat Georgia Tech for yet one more ACC street win, sending the Yellow Jackets to 1-6 within the ACC this yr.

Louisville is up subsequent, and the Cardinals are having maybe their worst season in historical past, at present sitting at 2-16 (0-7 ACC). Pitt will tip off in opposition to the Cardinals at 7 p.m. on ACC Community. Then comes Florida State, who’s 5-13 (3-4 ACC). Pitt ought to deal with each of those groups, despite the fact that street convention video games are by no means a cake stroll.

Regardless, if the Panthers wish to keep within the NCAA Event dialogue, they have to get by these simpler stretches in convention play.



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SirVocea Dennis Held Out of Senior Bowl with Damage

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MOBILE, Ala. — Pitt linebacker SirVocea Dennis obtained a full observe week of labor in on the Senior Bowl this week, however a foot harm suffered late within the week held him out of Saturday’s recreation.

Dennis was injured late in Thursday’s observe session. He returned to the sector and completed the day, however was held out of Saturday’s recreation.

The Nationwide Crew beat Dennis’ American Crew, 27-10.

Dennis declared for the draft in December, forgoing his remaining season of eligibility at Pitt. He additionally selected to skip the Panthers’ look within the Solar Bowl.

Earlier this week, Dennis formally measured in at 6-foot 3/8, 218 kilos with a 33-inch armspan, 78-inch wingspan and 10 1/2-inch fingers.

He had an interception returned for a landing in Tuesday’s observe, however typically had an up-and-down week in cross protection. He was stable in opposition to the run.

Dennis had been the one Pitt participant scheduled to play within the recreation. He was the thirteenth Pitt participant over the past seven seasons to simply accept an invitation to the highest faculty soccer All-Star Recreation.

2023 SirVocea Dennis
2022 Cal Adomitis, Damarri Mathis, Kenny Pickett
2021 Damar Hamlin, Patrick Jones II, Jimmy Morrissey, Rashad Weaver
2020 Dane Jackson
2019 Darrin Corridor
2018 Brian O’Neill
2017 Adam Bisnowaty, Nathan Peterman



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Duquesne Drops 50 in First Half, Beats George Washington 93-67

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Duquesne males’s basketball (15-8, 5-5) put up a dominant efficiency of their 93-67 win over George Washington (11-12, 5-5) with the competition by no means actually doubtful as Duquesne led by 30 on the half, 50-20.

Duquesne scored the sport’s first basket on a Jimmy Clark III dunk a few minute into the sport. After hitting the dunk and taking a 2-0 lead Duquesne by no means misplaced it.

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Albeit issues would keep aggressive for some time till there was about 11 minutes left within the first half when Duquesne would go on a 28-0 run in a 10-minute span to increase a two-point 19-17 result in a 30-point 47-17 lead.

Each groups ended the primary half with a three-pointer as Duquesne went into halftime with the sport already out of attain by means of a 50-20 lead.

Within the first half, Duquesne shot 19-for-31 (61.3%) whereas holding George Washington to 8-for-27 (29.6%). Offensively Duquesne moved the ball nicely with eight completely different gamers scoring and 13 assists as a crew. George Washington in the meantime, turned the ball over 13 instances.

Within the second half, Duquesne’s lead grew to as a lot as 37-points and by no means fell beneath 26. They had been in a position to do what the British couldn’t and comfortably put away George Washington, 93-67.

Duquesne moved the ball round nicely within the contest with 9 completely different gamers scoring and the crew having 22 assists. 4 completely different gamers had, at the very least, 12 factors in Dae Dae Grant (18), Quincy McGriff (17), Joe Reece (13) and Tre Williams (12). The 17 factors for McGriff had been a brand new profession excessive for the freshman from California.

Reece and Grant specifically performed nice video games throughout the field rating. Reece had 5 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and two blocks along with his 13 factors whereas Grant had six rebound, 5 assists and went an ideal 5-for-5 from the foul-line.

One other spotlight efficiency was Clark who completed with three steals on the night time. He additionally had 9 factors, 4 rebounds and three assists.

Total, the crew compelled 18 George Washington turnovers and the primary half shot protection proved to be a serious distinction maker. George Washington did make over 50% of their photographs within the second half, however the Duquesne offense was simply as potent as they shot 15-for-34 (44.1%). For the sport, Duquesne shot 52% from the sector and 53% from 3-point vary.

Duquesne’s subsequent recreation will probably be towards George Mason on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at dwelling.



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Future Pitt Guard Jaland Lowe Reveals Out in Entrance of Jeff Capel: ‘He is a Consummate Teammate’

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HOUSTON — The way forward for Pitt basketball is in good arms.

On Friday evening, Pitt signee and Marshall Excessive College (TX) star Jaland Lowe continued his tremendous senior marketing campaign with a 33-point outburst in a dominant win over Randle Excessive College. His future head coach Jeff Capel was proper there to look at him shine.

Jeff Capel watches Jaland Lowe play in Houston, Texas. Picture By way of George Michalowski

The sport was a blowout towards a struggling Randle workforce, however Lowe did what he needed to do. The graceful guard dished out six assists to his teammates, grabbed three rebounds, and had three steals within the win as nicely. Not solely did he stuff the stat sheet, however he additionally wowed the gang together with his no-look passing capability and two deep threes that have been at the least three ft past the arch.

“I simply go to the sport now to look at and see what he does that I haven’t seen earlier than,” Lowe’s head coach Ronnie Courtney instructed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now. “He’s at all times going to indicate me one thing I haven’t seen. The factor about him is that he performs the sport the best manner. He performs laborious. The entire issues that you simply assume he wouldn’t be doing, he does these issues. He’s my main rebounder on this workforce. What he does, once I see what he does, it doesn’t amaze me simply because I do know what I’m going to get each evening.”

Lowe’s capturing capability stands out: a easy left-handed stroke. He isn’t afraid to launch from anyplace on the court docket. He’s quick in transition and lightweight on his ft. He adjusted to defenders all evening and is fast sufficient to skip round larger defenders to get to the ring.

Maybe most notably, Lowe’s demeanor on the ground was as calm as could be. His decision-making, communication, and facilitating abilities all appear to return straightforward to him, which drastically benefitted his teammates all evening.

“He’s a consummate teammate,” Courtney stated. “He’s at all times encouraging the fellows. Practices are like, I don’t assume I’ve to run my observe. He [Lowe] can run my entire observe for me. The fellows gravitate to him, take heed to him, do no matter he says to do, as a result of for those who discover, on the ground he calls the whole lot.I don’t need to say something as a result of they respect what he calls, and I respect what he calls. He’s that sort of participant. He’s a pacesetter, he’s not a follower, and he makes certain the fellows are the place they’re presupposed to be throughout the recreation.”

Lowe’s talent stage, basketball IQ, and mentality have him in good place to be an ideal participant within the ACC down the highway.

“I believe his basketball IQ goes to hold him a great distance,” Courtney continued. “He’s very coachable, and the truth that he can rating in any respect three ranges shall be an asset for him. I do know he’s going as much as the ACC, however I nonetheless assume he’ll be capable of do some issues within the ACC that you simply see him doing now.”



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