Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) are gearing up for the most popular basketball game of the year, the Toilet Paper game. This year marks the tenth annual Toilet Paper game and will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, as the Golden Norsemen open up the season against Missouri Southern State University JV.
Toilet paper games are traditional at colleges around the nation, with John Brown University doing it for over three decades. The concept is simple, when NEO scores their first basket of the season, the crowd throws the rolls of toilet paper onto the court. The home team does receive a technical foul for the disturbance, but coaches agree it is worth it.
“Unfortunately, last year we had to forgo this tradition due to COVID and so our players are very excited that we are able to bring this tradition back,” said Jeremy Jackson, head coach of the Golden Norsemen. “It’s definitely our most popular game. We open up with a packed house, lots of excitement and over 600 rolls of toilet paper. It’s a great night and one of the few times I’m ok with a technical. The students and our Basketball Boosters love this event and I love the energy it provides.”
Brian Moore, a 6’3” sophomore from Harlem, NY said the Toilet Paper game played a part in his decision to come to NEO to play basketball. Moore states, “Coach Jackson sent me the video of a previous Toilet Paper game. When I saw the excitement and the packed gym, I knew this was a place I wanted to play for.” Moore has been receiving a lot of attention form Division I programs. As a freshman, Moore averaged 18 point per game and shot a forceful 59% from the field.
The Lady Norse will tipoff at 5:30p.m. and the Golden Norsemen at 7:30p.m. at the NEO Field House. Toilet Paper will be handed out between games and everyone is invited to attend. For more information please contact the NEO Athletic Department at 918-540-6327.