At this outpost of the season there are sometimes moments of surprise when you check the manifest and find the water carried most of the year by one man had been shifted, perhaps momentarily, to another.
Then there can also be games where the way things had been done over four months were suddenly done in another way—either to great effectiveness, or more often, great detriment and defeat.
These things, these sudden changes in the distribution of production or failure, are what constitute surprises in March. For UCLA over the opening weekend, the surprises were mild as the team has settled into the smoothly running consistency that every coach endeavors to drill, coax and alchemize into his team during the mad frenzy of a season.
But there were a few things, both individual and team-wide, that stood out and could be classified as "surprises," if that is the category you were forced to file them under.
What follows are the surprise shifts in the distribution of production that UCLA used to break out of the opening weekend with more momentum and swagger than they have had at any time this season. They are not ranked in any order of importance, though the reader may attribute their appearance to any subconscious process of thought he or she pleases.