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Aldridge mum on NBA draft status after loss

ATLANTA -- LaMarcus Aldridge wouldn't discuss his interest
in entering the NBA draft after a frustrating end to his sophomore
season at Texas.

Aldridge, a possible high first-round pick if he enters the
draft, was 2-for-14 for four points as LSU beat the Longhorns 70-60
in overtime Saturday.

While LSU and its star inside players, Atlanta Regional MVP
Tyrus Thomas and Glen "Big Baby" Davis, advance to the Final
Four, Aldridge faces more questions about his immediate future.

"I'm not going to get into that right now," said Aldridge, his
eyes still red following an obviously emotional postgame team
meeting. "This is not the time."

Aldridge averaged 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three NCAA
Tournament wins for Texas, but Saturday was not the first time this
season he struggled offensively. The 6-foot-10 center was held to
five points in an 80-68 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament
title game, and his season low was two points in a win over Baylor
on Jan. 21.

"It's very disappointing when you see yourself as a guy that's
going to do it every night," Aldridge said. "I just tried to
contribute with rebounds and blocked shots and other things."

Aldridge had 10 rebounds and a game-high five blocked shots.

"I don't think he got frustrated at all," Texas backup forward
Mike Williams said. "His shot wasn't falling like it normally
falls, but he kept working."

Added Daniel Gibson, who led Texas with 15 points: "LaMarcus is
a competitor. He never stopped fighting for rebounds. He never
stopped fighting for loose balls."

Aldridge was 1-for-9 from the field in the first half, and he
made a shot over Davis to give the Longhorns their last lead at
33-32. But Aldridge couldn't make another shot.

"Those were shots I can make," he said. "They just didn't
fall tonight. Everybody has games like that."

Aldridge said he wasn't surprised by LSU's Davis, who had 26
points and nine rebounds.

"No, you look at the guy and you can tell he's strong,"
Aldridge said.

Thomas added 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"Their whole team played well," Aldridge said. "They got
comfortable early and kept it going."

Texas coach Rick Barnes said Davis "obviously is a tough
matchup for LaMarcus."