Illinois, Michigan Take Part in Super Six Series
Oct. 18, 2011
Teams from the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pacific-12 conferences will once again take part in the Super Six Series, an annual showcase highlighting two squads from each conference in early-season inter-conference matchups.
This is the second year of what has been extended to a four-year agreement between the conferences. Two teams from each conference will participate, resulting in six games played in on-campus venues. Each conference will have one home game and one away game annually. Games will be played during the beginning of the season each year.
Illinois and Michigan represent the Big Ten in Year 2 of the challenge and each will face a Pac-12 opponent. Michigan will host conference newcomer Utah on Nov. 17, while Illinois travels to Oregon for a Nov. 18 contest. Last season, Big Ten Champion Michigan State and Minnesota competed in the inaugural challenge. The Spartans fell to Baylor, while the Gophers defeated Pittsburgh.
”The Super Six Series provides our institutions with early games against highly competitive non-conference opponents and helps prepare the teams for the season ahead,” Big Ten associate commissioner Andrea Williams said. “These matchups will be a great opportunity for Illinois and Michigan to compete against two talented Pac-12 opponents.”
Michigan returns four starters from a team that finished 10-6 in Big Ten play, tied for third in the conference, and earned a WNIT berth a year ago. It will be the first meeting between the Wolverines and Utes, who earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season.
Illinois returns all five starters from the 2010-11 season, including second-team All-Big Ten performer Karisma Penn and All-Freshman team member Amber Moore, that saw the Illini advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois and Oregon have met once previously, with the Ducks holding the 1-0 series edge.
Matchups for the 2011-12 Super Six Series is below.
Georgetown at LSU, 7 p.m. ET