Heat forward Shane Battier told me that attitudes have changed toward his team this season. "Last year no one was chanting MVP! on the road," Battier said. "We still get our fair share of boos, but it's not as fierce as last year." ... I asked Michigan point guard Trey Burke if winning the title would affect his decision to go to the NBA: "It would probably make my decision much easier, which is to leave because that's just today's culture." ... Elvis Dumervil, who landed in Baltimore as a free agent after his fax faux pas with the Broncos, developed a thick skin because of his name. "Early on it was tough with the Elvis Presley jokes," the pass rusher told me. "Everyone wanted to dance in front of me with a guitar."... Former Georgetown coach John Thompson thinks mid-major coaches have good reason to be hesitant about taking over at major programs. "I think these guys are smart to stay where they are," Thompson said. "UCLA coach [Ben Howland] has gone to three Final Fours and gets fired. If I'm those guys, I'm going to go where I'm appreciated."