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The FIBA Asia Cup is set to tip off Tuesday for the first time ever in Lebanon with 16 nations battling it out for continental supremacy. This year's tournament will take place from Aug. 8 to 20 and is set to be the first time that teams from across Oceania, most notably Australia and New Zealand, will compete with Asian teams. Kakhia added that a technical staff has said this year's national team is one of the best to don the red and white.Four brackets will divide the 16 teams, with Group A favorites Iran at No. 25 in the FIBA world rankings.Group C will be a tough battle between New Zealand, South Korea and Lebanon, with New Zealand entering the tournament as the No. 20 team in the world.
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