Top of the Morning, Dec. 7, 2018

Top of the Morning, Dec. 7, 2018

ESPNU was launched in 2005. Thirteen years later, that's a good thing for Illinois volleyball fans.

The network, devoted to college sports, airs today's Illinois-Marquette match at 11 a.m.

Tiffany Greene is handling play-by-play of the broadcast with former Florida All-American Missy Whittemore serving as analyst.

The Illinois-Marquette match is one of four NCAA regional semifinals on ESPNU. Kentucky-Nebraska is scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by Michigan-Texas at 3 and Penn State-Washington at 5.

The other four regional semifinals are airing online only (ESPN3), including San Diego-Wisconsin, which follows Illinois-Marquette at Huff Hall.

The other ESPN3 matches are Minnestota-Oregon at 3:30, Florida-BYU at 5:30 and Stanford-Washington State at 7:30. The No. 1 Cardinals are led by former Illini coach Kevin Hambly.

All four regional finals Saturday will be televised by ESPNU, starting with the Illinois-Marquette winner vs. San Diego or Wisconsin at 3 p.m. Stanford will play at 9 p.m. if it advances.

The Final Four is scheduled for Thursday in Minneapolis and will be carried by ESPN2.

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 10:30 p.m., NBC: At the end of a strong week of guests, Fallon welcomes actor/rapper Ice Cube, actress Amber Heard and radio host Elvis Duran.


"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC: Down to two new episodes before 2019. "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa takes a turn as host with musical guests Mumford & Sons.


"White House Christmas 2018," 5 p.m., HGTV: The special shows off the decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. There are 57 trees, 105 wreaths and 20,000 feet of lights. Cool.

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