IOWA CITY – The Michigan Wolverines have earned a number by their name.
The Hawkeyes go after their sixth win against ranked competition on Sunday, when they face No. 23 Michigan.
Tipoff is 1 p.m. at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
All season long, the Hawkeyes (15-5 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) have saved their best for ranked foes.
West Virginia. Texas. Iowa State. Ohio State. Purdue. All ranked when they played the Hawkeyes. All vanquished.
“No matter who we play, we have to play like it’s a top-25 team,” Jaime Printy said.
Michigan (16-3, 5-1) already has a win over the Hawkeyes – 68-64 in Iowa City on Jan. 6. The Hawkeyes fell too far behind and couldn’t make it all the way back.
“We didn’t play well at all,” Printy said. “Defensively, our communication wasn’t good. We gave up too many easy baskets.
“We learned so much from such a disappointment. Hopefully we’ll do a good job preparing and changing for the next time.”
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder was asked earlier this week if it was difficult to put the loss out of her players’ minds.
“I don’t think if I want it out of their minds. I kind of like having it there,” she said. “I think it’s great motivation. I’m going to use it as much as I can.
“Michigan is the surprise team in this league right now, and they are very experienced.”
In the previous meeting, Printy was 2-for-14 and was held to six points.
Her linescore was much better on Thursday — 8 of 10 from the field, 10 of 11 from the line, 29 points — in the Hawkeyes’ 71-60 win over Wisconsin.
A win Sunday would put the Hawkeyes in no worse than a tie for third in the Big Ten heading into winnable games at Illinois, at home against Northwestern and at Minnesota.
IOWA (15-5, 4-2) at No. 23 MICHIGAN (16-3, 5-1)
Tipoff: 1 p.m. (Iowa time) Sunday
Where: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Radio: KXIC-AM (800), KMJM-AM (1360).
Notes: Michigan has been the surprise of the Big Ten as the league race approached the midpoint. The Wolverines defeated the Hawkeyes, 68-64, on Jan. 6. Jaime Printy scored 29 points in the Hawkeyes’ last game, a 71-60 win over Wisconsin on Thursday. Michigan’s Kate Thompson (15.3 ppg) ranks second in the nation in 3-pointers per game (3.79) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.456).