Much of college basketball's greatness is that the game always finds new ways to surprise fans, and 2012 was no exception. Of course, for every team or player that amazes us with unanticipated brilliance, there’s another performance that falls desperately short of expectations.
For the second year in a row, UCLA fits squarely in the latter group. A huge influx of new talent had the Bruins set to bounce back strong from last season’s debacle, but the reality of their new campaign has been anything but a return to form.
Herein is a closer look at Westwood’s woes, along with the rest of the 10 developments in college basketball that most defied expectations—for good or ill—in the past calendar year.