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Fresh Five

January 29, 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's Jerryd Bayless takes a turn in the spot that was held by Arizona State's James Harden. (See story this page.)

Michael Beasley, Kansas State

* Season stats: 25.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg.

* What he has done lately: Beasley had 33 points and 15 rebounds against Iowa State after a 29-point, 13-rebound performance against Colorado.

* What's ahead: Wednesday vs. Kansas, Saturday at Missouri.

Eric Gordon, Indiana

* Season stats: 21.7 ppg, 48.1 FG%.

* What he has done lately: Gordon scored 17 points against Iowa, but had only 14 points on five-for-16 shooting as the Hoosiers' 13-game winning streak ended against Connecticut.

* What's ahead: Thursday at Wisconsin, Sunday vs. Northwestern.

Kevin Love, UCLA

* Season stats: 17.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg.

* What he has done lately: Returning to his home state for the first time in a UCLA uniform, Love scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against Oregon, then had 16 points and 21 rebounds against Oregon State.

* What's ahead: Thursday vs. Arizona State, Saturday vs. Arizona.

O.J. Mayo, USC

* Season stats: 19.9 ppg, 44.1 FG%.

* What he has done lately: Mayo averaged 22 points in a road sweep of the Oregon schools, making 12 of 28 shots, including eight of 21 three-point shots, and contributing eight assists with only five turnovers.

* What's ahead: Thursday vs. Arizona, Saturday vs. Arizona State.

Jerryd Bayless, Arizona

* Season stats: 19.9 ppg, 4.6 apg.

* What he has done lately: The Wildcats point guard had 23 points and six assists in an upset of Washington State, and 26 points and six assists against Washington. In that two-game stretch, Bayless made 15 of 23 shots and eight of 12 three-point shots.

* What's ahead: Thursday at USC, Saturday at UCLA.

-- Robyn Norwood

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