Duke, a 2-seed, opens the NCAA tournament on Thursday against 15-seed Belmont.
Dan Patrick: How are you?
Greg Paulus: How are you, Mr. Patrick?
DP: Did Coach K tell you to call me Mr. Patrick?
DP: Who's more intense, Coach K or Tyler Hansbrough?
GP: Coach K.
DP: If there were a loose ball between Tyler Hansbrough and Coach K....
GP: I'm calling Coach K.
DP: You seem to be Public Enemy No. 1 with fans. How does that feel?
GP: Oh, it just makes me focus harder.
DP: But do you ever say, "Why me?"
GP: I just look at it like, you know, you want to keep those people quiet.
DP: When's the last time you laughed at what a fan said to you on the floor?
GP: At Virginia they were making fun of me because I enjoy Shirley Temples.
DP: Why do you like Shirley Temples?
GP: I don't know. I think my sister got me hooked.
DP: It's kind of hard to take a charge and admit that you like Shirley Temples. Do you get a little umbrella in the drink as well?
GP: No, just a regular.
DP: Who's a better athlete, you or your younger brother [North Carolina quarterback Mike Paulus]?
GP: I am.
DP: Whoa, that was quick.
GP: He would tell you the same thing. That's why I'm not worried about my answer.
DP: Are you a better football player right now than your brother?
GP: He would say yes.
DP: Out of high school you were offered a chance to play football at Notre Dame. Do you miss playing quarterback?
GP: I miss football, but I love my decision, and I love everything about being a Duke point guard.
DP: Do you have any Carolina Blue in your wardrobe?
GP: Yes. My brother yells at me because I don't wear it.
DP: Well, good luck in the tournament, and don't let them get to you.
GP: Thanks a lot, Mr. Patrick.
THE FINE PRINT: The NFL reports that personal misconduct incidents are down 20% in the last year (largely because many players are already in jail).
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Caption You'll Never See
AFTER LOSING to Roger Federer in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden last week, Pete Sampras delighted Billie Jean King with an off-color joke about "Swiss cheese."
Signs That Your Manager Is Taking Spring Training Too Seriously
1. He starts using the phrase, "Get out there and put a Shelley Duncan on him."
2. He appeals the ceremonial first pitch.
3. He puts the shift on for Billy Crystal.
4. After every home run by an opposing team, he tosses a copy of the Mitchell Report onto the field.
5. He brings in conditioning coach Chuck Norris.
6. He gets in a pregame scuffle with new Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan.
7. He yells at base runner Prince Fielder, "You're a fatty, who's your daddy?"
8. He tells reporters, "We're just taking these meaningless exhibitions one game at a time."
[My Bracket Picks]
GOT A LITTLE competition going. John Smoltz, Reggie Miller, and I are doing the brackets thing. You can see all our picks on DanPatrick.com. Here are mine for the Final Four.
No one in the Hoyas' region can play them physical, the way Pittsburgh did in the Big East tournament.
The location for the regional final helps. Last time I checked, Houston is in Texas.
To the finals. I love Chris Lofton late in games.
My title pick. Having a power forward who thinks like a point guard is a great thing.
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