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Young Iowa Hawkeyes face tough trip to No. 2 Michigan after close loss to No. 5 Indiana

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    Iowa coach Fran McCaffery reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)The Associated Press

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    Iowa center Adam Woodbury, left, keeps a rebound away form Indiana forward Cody Zeller during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)The Associated Press

Iowa opened the Big Ten season on New Year's Eve with a close loss to No. 5 Indiana, which was ranked first for much of the season.

Next up for the young Hawkeyes?

A weekend trip to Michigan, which is currently ranked second.

The league's schedule makers certainly didn't do any favors for an Iowa team with three freshman starters. But Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the only way to approach the tough week is to approach it like any other week.

The Hawkeyes (11-3, 0-1 Big Ten) and Wolverines (14-0, 1-0), who routed Northwestern 94-66 Thursday, face off Sunday in Ann Arbor.