NCAA Basketball Rankings: Heavy’s Top 30 for January 4

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Buddy Hield and Oklahoma are rolling after yet another victory last week. (Getty)

4. Michigan State

Record: 14-1; Last Week: 1

Perfect no more. The Spartans, still without sparkplug Denzel Valentine, dropped their Big 10 opener on Tuesday, falling to Iowa 83-70 on the road. But – and this is a big but – Michigan State still managed to split the league weekend, responding with a 69-61 win at Minnesota on Saturday. The key will be how the Spartans play next, playing their league home opener on Thursday.

Next Game: Thursday, January 7 vs. Illinois, 9 p.m. ET

3. Maryland

Record: 13-1; Last Week: 3

Alright, so the Big 10 opener wasn’t pretty. The Terrapins trailed Penn State for much of their league opener, but followed up with a dominant 72-59 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The combo of last Wednesday’s come-from-behind battle and last week’s rout are enough to keep Maryland a serious threat.

Next Game: Wednesday, January 6 vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. ET

2. Kansas

Record: 12-1; Last Week: 4

The Jayhawks opened conference play in a big way on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 102-74 victory over Baylor at home. Keep an eye out for Wayne Selden here in 2016. He had a night on Saturday, posting 24 points, hauling in five boards and shooting a blistering 83.3 percent from the floor.

Next Game: Monday, January 4 vs. Oklahoma, 9 p.m. ET

1. Oklahoma

Record: 12-0; Last Week: 2

The Sooners are on a roll. Oklahoma stayed perfect on the season, rallying for an 87-83 victory over Iowa State on Saturday and are now primed for a big-time matchup against Kansas on Monday night. Buddy Hield continues to be one of the best scorers in the country, fresh off a 22-point performance against the Cyclones.

Next Game: Monday, January 4 at Kansas, 9 p.m. ET

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