UCLA head coach Steve Alford is recovering from hernia surgery, and was not available for Tuesday’s media availability.
He underwent the operation on Monday, but is expected to coach the Bruins for Wednesday’s 8 p.m. tipoff against Washington at Pauley Pavilion.
“He’s been texting the team,” said senior guard Norman Powell. “We all talked to him before film yesterday. He was joking around about different things before surgery. It’s a lot of fun to see that he still has high spirits throughout the adversity that he’s facing.
“We just wish him a speedy recovery and for him to be back before the game tomorrow.”