One of college basketball’s best annual traditions took place on Friday night as NAIA Taylor University hosted its Silent Night festivities.
The school in Upland, Indiana has become famous for its standing-room only crowds on the Friday night before finals week as students stay completely silent to start the game and then go bonkers when Taylor’s 10th point is scored.
According to Taylor’s website, the 10-point celebration with students dates back to 1997 with students coming to the game in pajamas since the late ’80s. Taylor won last night’s contest, 100-50, over Ohio Chillicothe as they moved to 18-0 in Silent Night contests.
To close out the blowout victory, students sang, “Silent Night” as they swayed back-and-forth in the crowd.
Taylor might not get a lot of national attention as an NAIA program, but this is certainly one of the most fun traditions in college basketball.