Alabama fans rub salt in LSU’s football wounds

Alabama and LSU met in basketball Wednesday night a mere 48 hours after the Crimson Tide's 21-0 shutout in the BCS title game, so of course students in Tuscaloosa couldn't resist reveling in the misery of Tigers fans.

One clever Alabama student poked fun at the LSU football team's inability to cross midfield until the fourth quarter on Monday night by waving a homemade sign that read "Will LSU cross half court?" The entire Crimson Tide student section gave a mock cheer when Tigers point guard Anthony Hickey dribbled across the mid-court stripe for the first time 20 seconds into the game. And later the students stuck it to LSU once more by chanting "Just like Monday" when Alabama built a 21-point second half lead.

Just like its football team on Monday night, LSU's basketball squad had little success against a fierce Alabama defense in Wednesday's 69-53 loss to the Crimson Tide. The Tigers (11-5, 1-1) failed to score in the opening three minutes, committed 15 turnovers and shot 36 percent from the field, falling for the first time in SEC play and failing to secure some much-needed revenge for their fans.

"The bottom line is, for whatever reason, we were sluggish," LSU coach Trent Johnson told reporters after the game. "We didn't put out what we were capable of."

At least Johnson can take solace in this: Neither Bobby Hebert nor any other players' parents were in Tuscaloosa to berate him about his coaching decisions in the postgame news conference.

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