Big 12 hoops marathonThe Big 12 men’s basketball season gets started in high gear Saturday with four games on KOCB-34, wrapping up with an OU and OSU doubleheader. Big 12 Network coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. with Colorado at Texas (announcers Mitch Holtus and Jon Sundvold), followed by Nebraska at Texas A&M (Dave Armstrong and Reid Gettys) at 3 p.m. and Oklahoma at Baylor (Bob Carpenter and Rich Zvosec) at 5 p.m. The marathon wraps up at 7 with Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (Chad McKee and Daniel Bobik) from the Cowboys Sports Network. Big 12 teams also will be featured in two national telecasts this weekend: Kansas State at Missouri (Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla) at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 and Kansas at Tennessee (Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg) at 3:30 p.m. on CBS. At 8 p.m. Monday, OU hosts OSU in the first Bedlam game on ESPN’s "Big Monday” (Brent Musburger, Bob Knight and Holly Rowe).
Special Olympic content offeredMore than 1,000 hours of high definition Olympic content will be available at no additional charge to Cox TV Essential (expanded basic) subscribers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City through NBC Olympics Online Connect, Cox Communications announced Thursday. The exclusive online content of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games will be available through March 3 at www.NBCOlympics.com.
Short takes→According to Nielsen, Oklahoma City and Tulsa ranked fourth and fifth for bowl ratings (through Monday) among the nation’s 56 metered markets. Birmingham, Ala., was No. 1 with a 10.6 rating, followed by Columbus, Ohio, 8.6; Knoxville, Tenn., 7.7; Oklahoma City, 7.2; and Tulsa, 6.8. →ESPN studio host Matt Winer has jumped to Turner Sports, where he will serve as a studio host on NBA TV and Turner Sports properties, including baseball, NASCAR, NBA and golf. →Beginning Jan. 16, Versus will air 10 regular-season NBA Development League games and six playoff games. The Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s affiliate, will be featured against Rio Grande Valley on March 13. →The History Channel looks at a bitter family racing feud in "Madhouse,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday. The 13-episode series follows the rivalry between the Myers and the Millers at one of NASCAR’s oldest short tracks in Winston-Salem, N.C. By Mel Bracht
Big 12 hoops marathon