US colleges basketball stars to play in tournament at Belfast's SSE Arena

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US college basketball stars to play in 2017 tournament at Belfast's SSE Arena

Belfast's SSE Arena will host a basketball tournament next year which will see four top NCAA college teams from the USA battling it out.

New York's Manhattan College and Massachusetts outfit Holy Cross are two of the teams that will be in action in the tournament next November.

The games in Belfast will count towards the NCAA's rankings.

The tournament is being spearheaded by Basketball's Hall of Fame based in Springfield, Massachusetts

Organisers plan to extend the competition to an eight-team tournament from 2018 onwards.

College basketball is hugely popular with sports fans in the US with many players going on to star for NBA teams.

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