US men open vs China after Olympic basketball draw

Published Mar. 12, 2016 4:00 a.m. ET

The U.S. will open the Olympics against China and also will face Venezuela and Australia after being drawn into what appears to be the easier men's basketball group.

The Americans will be in Group A, which will also include two teams that will be determined after three qualifying tournaments in July.

Group B includes Spain, Argentina, Lithuania, host Brazil and Nigeria and the remaining July qualifier.

The U.S., which has won the last two Olympic gold medals, is the No. 1-ranked country in the world. Spain, Lithuania and Argentina are Nos. 2-4.

The draw was conducted Friday in Mies, Switzerland, by FIBA, basketball's world governing body.

The Olympic competition opens Aug. 6 and the top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.