"All the exposure and media attention, it really helped us get a feel (for) what it’s going to be when this season starts," said swingman Gilbert Brown. "If they expect you to win, you have to exceed expectations. If they expect you to lose, you have to prove that you’re worthy.
"The expectation to win is (like) what we’ve had when we were No. 1 in the country."
According to some of the team's veterans, Wright and Moore didn't take long to get acclimated to the environment of Pitt's practices.
"From the first day, you could see that both freshmen were pretty physical themselves," senior guard Brad Wanamaker said. "Especially Cameron: he's a very physical two-guard. He's always tough on me."
While Pitt practices are legendary for their intensity, this one was toned down as far as bodies -- and language -- flying.
"It wasn't as physical as we usually practice," senior guard Brad Wanamaker said, "when there's no one around."