Belfast Basketball Classic Hall of Fame 2018
The tournament was broadcast live across America.
The 2018 event featured an expanded field to eight schools. The schools competed 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 shipyard of Belfast.
The field for the 2018 event was 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).
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBANY
The Great Danes represent the America East Conference, of which they are five-time champions, including 3 consecutive titles from 2013-2015. The Great Danes are coached by Will Brown, who is entering his 18th season at the University of Albany.
The Big Green are coached by David McLaughlin, play out of Hanover, New Hampshire, and come from the prestigious Ivy League, which is America’s top academic conference. They are two-time NCAA Tournament Final Four participants.
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
The Buffalo Bulls play out of the Mid-American Conference, of which they were champions 3 out of the past 4 years. Last year, the Bulls from the University at Buffalo defeated superpower Arizona to reach the NCAA tournament Round of 32.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
The Panthers will be representing the Horizon League, and are coached by Pat Baldwin. The Panthers have reached the NCAA Tournament four times, going as far as the Sweet 16 in 2005.
SAN FRANCISCO DONS
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco (California) Dons compete in the West Coast Conference. Basketball Hall of Famer and legend Bill Russell is a San Francisco alum, where he won 2 championships.
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-BROOKLYN
The Brooklyn Blackbirds are defending champions of the Northeast Conference. As a result of that title, the Blackbirds reached their 7th NCAA Tournament, and fourth in the last nine years.