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Draw Set for London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament

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In their quest to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals, both the U.S. men's and women's national basketball teams are set to face some of the toughest competition yet on the international level.

With the draw of the Olympic basketball tournaments complete, Team USA looks to be in a favorable position heading into London.

Here are the results:

Men's Tournament:

Group A: Argentina, France, Tunisia, USA, Two remaining FIBA qualifiers

Group B: Australia, Brazil, China, Great Britain, Spain, One remaining FIBA qualifier

Women's Tournament:

Group A: Angola, China, USA, Three remaining FIBA qualifiers

Group B: Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Russia, Two remaining FIBA qualifiers

The remaining three qualifiers for the men's tournament, and the remaining five qualifiers in the women's tournament will be determined at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in the weeks leading up to the start of the Games.

How the tournament works:

In the preliminary round, each team will play the five other teams in their respective groups. The top four teams from each group will then move onto the quarter-finals round. From that moment on, the tournament will follow a knock-out format, until the winner is determined in the gold medal game.

"'The Olympic Basketball tournaments will see some of the biggest basketball stars in the world come to London to compete for gold. Today's draw gives us a glimpse of some of the exciting encounters, world-class players and top teams we'll see in action this summer," said Debbie Jevans, the London 2012 Organizing Committee Director of Sport.

The Olympic Basketball Tournaments will take place from July 28 through August 12.

Learn more at London 2012.

Note: On the men's side, the Olympic qualifying tournament will feature Angola, Dominican Republic, Greece, Jordan, Korea, Lithuania, FYROM, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia and Venezuela. On the women's side, Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Korea, Mali, Mozambique, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Turkey will all battle it out in hopes of securing a spot in the Olympic competition.

Gurvinder Singh Gandu is a New York City-based writer with west-coast roots. He is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, with a special interest in the NBA and the summer Olympics. Follow him on Twitter @SINGHinBROOKLYN.

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