Both the Bulls and Blackhawks are in action tonight; the Bulls take a quick one-game trip to Washington while the Hawks host Nashville. There's also yet another in the seemingly endless parade of college football bowl games.â†µâ†µ
6 p.m., WCIU-Ch. 26: NBA, Bulls at Wizards. If you are among the large number of people who can't get WCIU, the game is also available nationally on NBA-TV.
6 p.m., ESPN2: College basketball, No. 22 Texas at No. 12 Michigan State.â†µâ†µ
7 p.m., ESPN: College football, MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, No. 19 Utah vs. No. 10 Boise State. Boise State appeared headed to a BCS New Year's Day (or later) bowl until they were upset by Nevada. Here's the consolation prize -- a holiday trip to Vegas (not bad, actually). They'll face Utah, who also had a shot at the BCS until a late season fade. The bad news for both teams is that rain is in the forecast.â†µâ†µ
7:30 p.m., CSN Chicago: NHL, Blackhawks vs. Predators at the United Center.â†µâ†µ
8 p.m., ESPN2: College basketball, No. 10 Missouri at No. 21 Illinois.