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It’s a compliment Pitt takes in stride because, well, that just what the Panthers do.

After building the program into one of the nation’s elite by becoming one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, Pitt has adapted to decidedly less physical ACC by pulling a switcheroo. Where the Panthers used to plod, now they soar. Pitt is second in the ACC behind Duke in points per game (76.3) and first in field goal percentage and assists.

The Panthers are winning with style. Do it on national television on Monday night and they’ll no longer by outliers in a new-look conference. They’ll be front-runners, just like they planned.

“We’re excited but we’re not looking at it as we’re playing Duke next,” Wright said. “We’re looking at it as a game on our schedule and a roadblock that we have to get past.”

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AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in College Park, MD contributed to this report.