The Belfast Classic, established last year, is . . .
The 2018 event will feature an expanded field to eight schools. The schools will compete in two four-team brackets, with University campus round games in America leading into two tournament brackets in Belfast aptly named 'Samson' and 'Goliath' after the iconic Harland and Wolfe cranes in the Titanic quarter ship yard of Belfast.
The field for the 2018 event is as follows: 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). Brackets and exact schedules will be announced at a later date.
"We're thrilled and excited to participate in this event," said UB men's basketball head coach Nate Oats. "This is an incredible opportunity for our players and coaches to experience something they'll remember for the rest of their lives by embracing new cultures, while playing top-notch Division I basketball. We are also proud to represent our University and its excellent reputation in academics and athletics on an international stage."