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Fresh Five

January 22, 2008|Robyn Norwood

Each week, The Times takes a look at how UCLA's Kevin Love and USC's O.J. Mayo stack up against the best of the nation's freshman class. This week, Arizona State's James Harden keeps a grip on the final spot.

Michael Beasley, Kansas State

Season stats: 24.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg

What he's done lately: Beasley had 21 points and four rebounds despite foul trouble in an upset of then-No. 10 Texas A&M.

What's ahead: Wednesday at Colorado, Saturday vs. Iowa State.

Eric Gordon, Indiana

Season stats: 22.4 ppg, 48.5 FG%

What he's done lately: Gordon scored 25 points against Penn State, making five of 11 three-point attempts, after scoring 12 against Minnesota.

What's ahead: Wednesday vs. Iowa, Saturday vs. Connecticut.

Kevin Love, UCLA

Season stats: 16.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg

What he's done lately: Love had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Bruins' loss to USC.

What's ahead: Thursday at Oregon, Saturday at Oregon State.

O.J. Mayo, USC

Season stats: 19.7 ppg, 44.2 FG%

What he's done lately: Mayo scored 16 points in the upset of UCLA, making five of 12 shots and contributing four assists while committing four turnovers in 40 minutes.

What's ahead: Thursday at Oregon State, Saturday at Oregon.

James Harden, Arizona State

Season stats: 18.6 ppg, 55.4 FG%

What he's done lately: Harden had 16 points in a loss at Stanford after scoring 27 in a double-overtime victory at California in which he made 10 of 14 shots.

What's ahead: Thursday vs. Washington, Saturday vs. Washington State.

-- Robyn Norwood

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