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UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history

  • A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

    A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

  • Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.  (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

    Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

  • Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavilion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavilion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

  • In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, water flows into a parking structure at UCLA after a ruptured 93-year-old, 30-inch water main left the Los Angeles campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades. The water also flooded the school's storied basketball court, which underwent a major renovation less than two years ago. (AP Photo/Anuj Dixit)

    In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, water flows into a parking structure at UCLA after a ruptured 93-year-old, 30-inch water main left the Los Angeles campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades. The water also flooded the school's storied basketball court, which underwent a major renovation less than two years ago. (AP Photo/Anuj Dixit)

  • Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)

    Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)

  • A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

    A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

  • A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
  • Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.  (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)
  • Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavilion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
  • In this Tuesday, July 29, 2014 photo, water flows into a parking structure at UCLA after a ruptured 93-year-old, 30-inch water main left the Los Angeles campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades. The water also flooded the school's storied basketball court, which underwent a major renovation less than two years ago. (AP Photo/Anuj Dixit)
  • Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Hamilton)
  • A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

LOS ANGELES – The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.

Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out yesterday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage.

“The Pauley floor, which many people all over the world have written to me about, is drying out and let’s hope that we’ll be able to repair that or replace it quickly,” he said.

Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play in Pauley this fall, either on a refurbished or new court. The current court cost $500,000, he said.

The 49-year-old building containing precious artifacts from the Wooden era was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago. It has hosted some of college basketball’s greatest players and moments, and Olympic history, too.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Reggie Miller, Ed O’Bannon, Kevin Love and Ann Meyers starred there during their college days. The school’s record 11 national basketball championship banners hang in the rafters.

The 13,800-seat arena is also where the men’s and women’s volleyball and women’s gymnastics teams compete. It is named for former UCLA regent and chief donor Edwin Pauley.

Here’s a look at some of Pauley’s history:

∎  Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, was part of the first game played in Pauley on Nov. 27, 1965. He led the freshmen team against the varsity, the two-time defending national champions and preseason No. 1. The freshmen – ineligible for the varsity in those days – won 75-60, signaling big things to come for Alcindor & Co. The following season, he scored a school-record 56 points in his first varsity game.

∎  UCLA became the first school to have three 30-0 seasons, with perfect records in 1967, 1972 and 1973. Wooden coached those teams and Walton starred on the last two. The big redhead helped the Bruins open the 1972 season with wins in their first seven games, when they scored over 100 points each time at Pauley.

∎  Wooden coached what would be his final game in Pauley on March 1, 1975, a 93-59 victory over Stanford. Four weeks later, he stunningly announced his retirement after UCLA’s win against Louisville in the NCAA tournament semifinals. The Bruins went on to beat Kentucky for Wooden’s 10th national title.

∎  The men’s basketball team had a 149-2 record at Pauley from 1965-75, including portions of its NCAA-record 88-game winning streak.

∎  Nell and John Wooden Court was dedicated in 2003, with Wooden and several of his former players in attendance. He agreed to the honor only if his late wife’s name was included. Wooden was a fixture at men’s games in his seat behind the Bruins’ bench until his death in 2010.

∎  Pauley was the site of the gymnastics competition during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, with American Mary Lou Retton flipping and tumbling her way to a gold medal in the women’s all-around.

∎  In the last men’s basketball game before Pauley closed for renovation in 2011, the Bruins beat Arizona, 71-49, and Wooden’s great-grandson Tyler Trapani scored the final basket.

∎  UCLA had its longest men’s basketball winning streak of 98 games in Pauley from 1970-76. It ended with a 65-45 loss to Oregon on Feb. 21, 1976.

∎  The 1978 women’s Final Four was at Pauley, with UCLA beating Maryland, 90-74, to win its first women’s national basketball title.

∎  Acts as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Nirvana, Eric Clapton and the Grateful Dead performed in Pauley. The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and the 2001 “Jeopardy!” college championship were held there, too.

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