Plenty of people offer up Durham, Lexington, and other big-name places for chill-inducing college basketball traditions. If you’re more of an “off the beaten path” kind of college hoops fan, look no further than tiny Taylor University in Upland, IN.
Since the late 1980s, the NAIA school has staged a “Silent Night” basketball game every year the Friday before final exams. The crowd in attendance remains completely silent from tip-off until the home team scores its 10th point. When the Trojans hit double digits, madness ensues.
This year, the crowd — most of which was clad in pajamas — stormed the court for a mass performance of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” — after which the game resumed.
To top off Taylor’s 75–50 defeat of Trinity University, the crowd locked arms and sang “Silent Night” en masse. They provided further proof that great traditions in college sports can come from anywhere.