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The Towson men's basketball team will play in the first NCAA basketball tournament in Northern Ireland next season.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday that the Tigers would be among four teams competing in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic. Towson will face La Salle on Dec. 1 and play the following day against Holy Cross or Manhattan in a championship or consolation game.

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Whenever things settled down on the Towson bench during Thursday's comfortable 85-66 win over Elon at SECU Arena, senior John Davis loomed over everyone in his bright white shirt from the stool he'll be relegated to for the rest of the season.

"We are excited and honored to participate in such a great event," Towson coach Pat Skerry said in a release. "This is an incredible educational opportunity and a once in a lifetime experience. Basketball is just one component of our student-athletes' experience here at Towson. To have the chance to experience the culture and learn about another country is something they will remember for a long time. It's also great to play against some quality competition that will help us prepare for our conference schedule and assist us in reaching our team goals."

The Tigers, who face Northeastern on Friday night in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinals, are set to return 11 players next season, including third-team All-CAA selection Mike Morsell and CAA All-Defensive Team member Deshaun Morman.

The rest of Towson's nonconference schedule has yet to be released.

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