October 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA's men's basketball team has yet to practice in Pauley Pavilion, more than 2 1/2 months after the historic arena was flooded by a water main break near campus.

The Bruins have been practicing in the nearby Student Activities Center, which has a smaller-sized court than Pauley. The flood on July 30 ruined the hardwood floor in Pauley, along with the team's locker room, training and weight rooms. The arena underwent a $136 million upgrade two years ago.

Workers are expected to have completed the cleanup work and installation of a new court in time for the Bruins' exhibition game against Azusa Pacific on Oct. 31.

Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that hopefully by sometime next week the team will be able to practice in Pauley.

He said the arena's media room is also being used as the team's weight room, and other changes have been made as a result of the damage from 20 million gallons of water drenching the section of campus where Pauley is located.

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