The 2012-2013 NCAA basketball season is underway in Rhode Island, and once again, Cox is the local home for live coverage of the Providence College and University of Rhode Island (URI) men's and women's programs. Games will air on Ocean State Networks (OSN), Cox channels 5 and 1005 (HD). OSN, a partnership between Cox and WJAR/NBC 10, is exclusively available to Cox customers.
A record-number of live local college basketball games will air throughout the season on OSN. Additionally, URI fans can enjoy live Rams games via Cox Sports Online, a streaming video site that allows viewers to login and watch game using their web browsers from anywhere in the country with broadband Internet service.
"As the exclusive local provider of Providence College and URI basketball, we are excited to expand our coverage with more games and more ways to watch," said John Wolfe, senior vice president and general manager, Cox New England. "And when added to our upcoming live high school basketball on #Gamenight, Rhode Island hoops fans have never had a better opportunity to see their favorite schools in action."
"NBC 10 News has always been strongly committed to covering the Providence and URI basketball programs," said Vic Vetters, general manager at WJAR/NBC 10. "Our newscasts airing throughout the day give fans plenty of chances to get caught up on all the highlights from the many winter collegiate sports in our region."
Eric Frede and Abu Bakr will be handling play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, for the live games. The majority of the games will also include the Tip-Off and Post Game shows, featuring highlights and analysis of Rhode Island's collegiate hoops teams. And the annual Rhode Island Hoops Preview Show is currently airing often on OSN, providing fans with a uniquely local perspective on the Providence, URI, Brown and Bryant men's and women's basketball teams.
In addition to Cox Sports Online, Cox High Speed Internet customers also have free live access to online sports at ESPN3.com, home to thousands of live streaming NCAA sports events, including many Providence College and other Big East games.
Ocean State Networks (OSN) is a partnership between WJAR/NBC 10 and Cox Communications. The channel airs on Cox channel 5 and in high definition on channel 1005. OSN airs NBC 10 newscasts throughout the day and night, as well as Cox Sports programming. This includes the Big East Conference, Providence College and University of Rhode Island athletics, Pawtucket Red Sox, and exclusive coverage of Rhode Island Interscholastic League Championships and other local high school games. OSN is exclusively available to Cox customers in Rhode Island.
OSN Local NCAA Basketball Schedule
11/23/12 Loyola (MD) at URI (7 p.m.)
11/27/12 Holy Cross at Providence (7 p.m.)
12/1/12 Vermont at URI (2 p.m.)
12/6/12 URI at Providence (7 p.m.)
12/15/12 SMU at URI (2 p.m.)
12/22/12 Georgia State at URI (2 p.m.)
1/2/13 Providence at Louisville (7 p.m.)
1/4/13 Brown at URI (7 p.m.)
1/5/13 DePaul at Providence (8 p.m.)
1/9/13 Syracuse at Providence (7 p.m.)
1/12/13 Charlotte at URI (2 p.m.)
1/13/13 Providence at Seton Hall (noon)
1/16/13 Providence at Georgetown (7 p.m.)
1/19/13 Villanova at Providence (4 p.m.)
1/23/13 George Washington at URI (7 p.m.)
1/26/13 URI at Fordham (1 p.m.)
1/26/13 Providence at Marquette (2 p.m.)
1/30/13 VCU at URI (7 p.m.)
2/3/13 Providence at Villanova (noon)
2/6/13 Cincinnati at Providence (7 p.m.)
2/9/13 St. Bonaventure at URI (2 p.m.)
2/13/13 Dayton at URI (7 p.m.)
2/16/13 Notre Dame at Providence (noon)
2/20/13 Xavier at URI (7 p.m.)
2/24/13 La Salle at URI (2 p.m.)
3/2/13 St. John's at Providence (8 p.m.)
3/5/13 Seton Hall at Providence (9 p.m.)
3/9/13 Massachusetts at URI (2 p.m.)