An ESPN graphic with an Iowa State logo over Iowa's Caitlin Clark. An ESPN graphic with an Iowa State logo over Iowa’s Caitlin Clark. (Awful Announcing on Twitter.)

Sunday’s NCAA women’s basketball game featuring Caitlin Clark and the No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes against the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes is a big deal. Ohio State handed Iowa one of their four losses this season with a 100-92 overtime home victory back in January, and both sides are looking to end their regular seasons in style ahead of this coming week’s Big Ten Tournament.

The game is also Iowa’s senior day, and Clark’s last regular-season game, considering that she’s declared for the WNBA Draft. And Clark is also just 17 points behind Pete Maravich’s all-time NCAA points record (men’s or women’s). So that all had ESPN paying a lot of attention to the game despite it being broadcast on Fox, including sending their College GameDay studio show there. And they covered it well for much of that studio show. But that ended quite poorly, with an otherwise-solid hype video for the game leading into the picks ending with an image of Clark representing Iowa…but with a logo of the rival Iowa State Cyclones.

Here’s that full clip:

As Maxwell Smart would say,

Get Smart.
A “Missed It By That Much” on Get Smart.

Logo mistakes happen, even across sports or levels of competition at times. And these kinds of errors definitely happen in college sports, and often with schools from the same state. But that’s often especially embarrassing given those schools’ rivalries.

And this was a particularly bad miss by ESPN given how much focus and attention they (and everyone else) had put on this game. It was also at least the second questionable graphic from ESPN in a week. So that’s not ideal. But yes, to anyone who wasn’t sure, Caitlin Clark does play for the Hawkeyes, not the Cyclones. We’ll see how she finishes out her regular-season career for them.

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About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.