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Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

US college basketball returned to SSE Arena in Belfast from 29 November – 1 December 2018 for the second ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I tournament was broadcast live across America, with eight schools competing in an expanded competition. Teams included:

  • University at Albany (America East Conference)
  • University at Buffalo (Mid-American Conference)
  • Dartmouth College (Ivy League)
  • LIU Brooklyn (Northeast Conference)
  • Marist College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Horizon League)
  • University of San Francisco (West Coast Conference), and 
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (Southland Conference). 
University at Buffalo were the Goliath bracket championship winners and Marist College were the Sampson bracket championship winners of the 2018 tournament.


The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic is presented by the Sport Changes Life (SCL) Foundation and its partner the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

It is held in conjunction with Rory McIlroy’s foundation – the Rory Foundation – Aer Lingus, Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland, travel package partner Chaka Travel, Velocity World Wide and The SSE Arena, Belfast. 

Sister Cities

We are supporting this event and the Friendship Four Ice Hockey tournament as part of its Sister Cities relationship with Boston. This aims to build on economic development, trade, investment, tourism, youth, cultural and academic linkages with the US.

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