Mexico lost a close game to Australia, 70-62, in Group D play Wednesday after a big win over Angola Tuesday. Still, as long as they beat winless Korea Thursday, they're likely to advance to the Round of 16 with a 2-3 record. Problem for Mexico is this...
With loss to Australia today, Mexico looking more like 4th place in Group D & USA's opponent in the round of 16 on Saturday.— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) September 3, 2014
The way things work in the World Cup is that the top four teams in each of the four groups move on to the Round of 16. Mexico is likely to finish fourth in Group D. At that point, it turns into a single elimination tournament for Mexico and Jorge Gutierrez.
Gutierrez had a less than stellar performance vs. Australia with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, again missing his only three. He finished with four rebounds and two assists. He'll be guarding Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose on Saturday. The bigger problem for Mexico was Gustavo Ayon's difficulty in guarding the Aussies bigs, Aron Baynes of the Spurs and David Andersen, a top flight Euroleague center for a decade.