Barton College & Mount Olive College Men’s Basketball Game to be Nationally Televised


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, January 21, 2008


Barton College & Mount Olive College
Men's Basketball Game to be Nationally Televised


            Thomasville, NC> Barton College will host Mount Olive College in the two teams' Conference Carolinas regular season finale March 1.  The game will be historic for Conference Carolinas as the first regular season game to be televised live nationally.  NCAA Productions recently announced that CSTV and FSN (Fox Sports Network) South will air the game live to a national and regional audience.


The game features an historic rivalry that pits two teams within stones-throw distance that have both had tremendous recent national basketball success.  Barton is the defending National Champion and Mount Olive has advanced to the ‘DII Big Dance' for four consecutive years. 


"All of us here at Mount Olive College and in the community have been very excited since we first found out the game would be nationally televised," stated Mount Olive College Sports Information Director David Shulimson. "To get the opportunity to play in front of a nationwide audience is very exciting. And viewers within the state and the region have a chance to discover some outstanding basketball in their own backyard that they might not have been aware of. Considering the rivalry and the history between Mount Olive and Barton, I can't think of a better match-up to showcase."


"Barton College and the City of Wilson are looking forward to playing host to this historic game," Barton sports information director John Hackney said. "It's nice to know that the rest of the country will now have the opportunity to see first-hand how awesome the basketball is in Conference Carolinas. It should also be a treat for them to see Barton and Mount Olive go toe-to-toe. The fans will be revved up, as usual, and if the endings to past games are any indication, they better fasten their seatbelts for a frenetic finish!"


The conference rivalry not only brings out the institutions' and respective communities' support, it also brings out the best within the competitors.   "Conference Carolinas has many rivalries that have grown over the years that include Anderson-Erskine in upstate South Carolina, Belmont Abbey-Pfeiffer-Queens in the Charlotte area, along with others," stated Associate Conference Commissioner Brook Patterson; "The eastern part of North Carolina has always relished the Barton-Mount Olive contests. The rivalry has always been there but has been highlighted because of that recent success that each program has had.  Both teams leave it all on the floor and respect one another for the level of play that each brings."