Duke's Rodney Hood reads newspapers. He watches TV.

He knew about Pitt's Lamar Patterson, and how he has been mentioned prominently among national and ACC player of the year candidates.

“So, I wanted to guard him and see what everybody has been talking about,” Hood said.

And so he did, and the main result of the 6-foot-8 Hood shadowing the 6-5 Patterson was an 80-65 loss to Duke on Monday, proving that Pitt's leading scorer can't do it alone, especially against the best teams.

Patterson is shooting 50 percent for the season, but only 35.2 in losses to Cincinnati, Syracuse and Duke.

“I watched him versus Maryland,” said Hood of Pitt's game Saturday when Patterson scored 28 points, with seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

“He just killed Maryland, just from the standpoint of making everybody better and passing the ball. He had 28 points, and I knew he wouldn't have as much legs as he normally had.

“I just tried to get into him and make him get tired and wear him down.”

Patterson, who came into the game averaging 19.9 points in conference games, had only three field goals in the second half, the final two coming when Duke was leading by 13 points.

After playing 36 minutes, Patterson didn't complain of fatigue, but his average over the past 16 games increased to 32.5 minutes. Meanwhile, Pitt's bench scoring fell from 59 points in the first three ACC games to 56 in the five since backup Durand Johnson's season-ending knee injury.

The No. 18 Panthers (18-3, 6-2) will host Virginia (16-5, 7-1) at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Patterson admitted Duke did a good job of lessening his impact on the outcome.

“They just denied me the ball the whole game,” Patterson said. “We were expecting it, but we just didn't get it done like we were supposed to.”

Duke 6-8 freshman Jabari Parker said the Blue Devils' defensive strategy didn't involve strict double teams, but he was intent on staying aware of the screens Pitt likes to set and helping Hood, when necessary.

“We know he likes to get open using other players,” Parker said of Patterson. “We kind of knew his tendencies. We did a good job just finding wherever he was.

“To defend a player like him and just limit him from open shots is something spectacular.”