UCLA basketball takes first Pac-12 road trip

UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford during a NCAA Pac-12 basketball game against South Dakota Coyotes at Pauley Pavillion on the campus of UCLA on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Los Angeles. UCLA Bruins won 85-82. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA has given up big leads, held off comebacks and dug out of big holes. Every one of those situations encourages head coach Steve Alford, even if he is still haunted by UCLA’s loss to Michigan nearly one month after the fact.

“What I like is we’ve had a lot of different adversities: We’ve been down big and come back, we’ve had big leads and had those shrink and still (have) been able to win,” Alford told reporters Tuesday. “Other than the one at Michigan, we’ve been able to hang on and do the tough-minded things.”

Despite traveling nearly 24,000 miles this season, the Bruins have played only one true road game. Their mental fortitude was tested in Ann Arbor and it failed. They’ll be up against another road environment Thursday against Stanford in Maples Pavilion.

The game starts at 7 p.m. with a TV broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with radio on AM 1150.

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