Cardinal Kick Off Tough Two-Game Road Swing Against Bruins

Jan 23, 2002

Stanford has been successful on trips to Los Angeles in recent years.

Now, the 17th-ranked Cardinal (11-4, 4-2 Pac-10) hope to keep that goingwhen they open a two-game road trip to the area with a matchup against13th-ranked UCLA (13-4, 5-2) at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday.

Stanford has won four straight at Pauley Pavilion, and three straight at theLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena against No. 23 Southern California, which theCardinal visit this weekend.

They haven't always been as successful in Los Angeles though. Stanford was4-53 at UCLA between the 1946-47 and 1988-89 seasons, and 10-21 at USC from1967-68 to 1996-97.

The Cardinal have been a strong road team the last few seasons, but theyhave split four games away from Maples Pavilion this season.

Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford is 42-7 on the road record, including 9-0last season, the first Pac-10 team to go unbeaten on the road since OregonState in 1980-81.

Stanford's Casey Jacobsen hopes to continue his strong play, as he is secondin the Pac-10 in scoring at 19.7 points per game.

The Cardinal have won five of their last seven games, including a 105-60rout over Washington on Saturday.

'We are making progress, it is not leaps and bounds,' Stanford coach MikeMontgomery said. 'We are making progress and you are seeing kids figure outhow to play together.'

UCLA, which leads the all-time series against Stanford, 123-81, is comingoff a poor performance. The Bruins blew a 20-point lead in a 96-86 loss atArizona on Saturday, despite a school-record seven 3-pointers by Jason Kapono,who finished with a game-high 25 points.

Kapono says the team is hungry for a win against its Pac-10 rival.

'It's going to be a tough challenge for us,' said Kapono, who averages ateam-high 18.6 points.

'One thing is going to be how we can get back in our flow after that lossto Arizona, and if it's going to bother us. We tend to play our best basketballafter a tough defeat, or when people start to talk bad about us. Hopefully wecan take care of business at home.'

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