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UCLA AD Dan Guerrero expects Pauley Pavilion to be ready for regular season

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Last night a water main break on Sunset Boulevard resulted in some eight million gallons of water flooding part of the UCLA campus, with Pauley Pavilion absorbing a significant amount of damage. With the building undergoing major renovations a couple years ago (reopening in 2012), some $136 million in improvements were placed in danger due to the flooding. However in assessing the damage Wednesday, the biggest concern moving forward is the state of the court used by the basketball, gymnastics and volleyball programs.

According to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has been assured that the building will be ready for use when the men’s basketball team begins its season with an exhibition game on October 31.

“When we saw the flood going down onto the court, it certainly was of concern to us,” Guerrero said, when asked whether UCLA might not be able to play at Pauley Pavilion. “But after getting the water off and getting the experts in, we’ve been assured today that we’ll be able to play in Pauley this year.

With regards to the damaged John Wooden Court, a new surface would be ready for use by the time the season begins should UCLA feel the need to replace the current floor (which they are attempting to salvage). Given the damage a large amount of water can do to a wood surface, one would think that UCLA’s best course of action would be to begin the process of putting together a new floor as soon as possible.

For the time being the affected programs will have to make use of the Student Activities Center and the John Wooden Center while the school works through the process of renovating Pauley Pavilion. No figures have been given as to how much the damage done by the flooding will cost the school.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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