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Saban's the big show, but Tide hoops was money

Originally Published: January 9, 2007
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- There was less than four minutes left in the first half of Tuesday night's game between No. 13 Alabama and No. 18 LSU, and the sold-out crowd of 15,316 at Coleman Coliseum was reaching a fever pitch following a timeout.

But the enthusiasm had nothing to do with the Crimson Tide's 16-2 run that would put the Tigers behind for good. Standing in the tunnel entrance behind LSU's bench was Alabama's new football coach, Nick Saban.

Never mind that Alabama was en route to ...

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