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Men's Olympic hoops tourney bracket set

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Lithuania has been drawn into the same group as tournament host Venezuela in next summer's men's basketball qualifying tournament that will determine the final three Olympic berths.

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Nigeria also was placed in Group B on Tuesday. Group A is Greece, Puerto Rico and Jordan. Russia, the Dominican Republic and Korea make up Group C; and Group D will be Angola, New Zealand and the Republic of Macedonia.

After round-robin play, the top two teams from each pool advance to the quarterfinals. The teams reaching the finals earn spots in London along with the winner of the third-place game.

The tournament runs July 2-8. Already qualified for the Olympic field are: the United States, Britain, China, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, France, Tunisia and Australia.

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