Both Team USA and Australia had easy wins to improve to 2-0 and are now separating themselves as the two best teams in Pool C. USA defeated the Czech Republic by a score of 96-53, and Australia had no issues by defeating Sweden, 70-53.
For the Mountain West players there were no double-doubles this time around, or really any great performance. New Mexico's Alex Kirk played just seven minutes for Team USA, the least amount. In those seven minutes Kirk scored two points, grabbed four rebounds and had a blocked shot. So far, Kirk is now averaging six points and eight rebounds per game.
Cameron Bairstow, also a Lobo, had a tough go against Sweden with a subpar performance by going just 1-for-7 from the field with six points, he did have three assists and led Australia in rebound for the second straight game with eight and had three assists.
The non-New Mexico player at these World University Games is Boise State guard Igor Hadziomerovic who is also on the Australian team. Hadziomerovic contributed five points, five rebounds and a steal coming off the bench in 12 minutes of play.
Up next for Team USA is Sweden who they will play on Wednesday July 10 at 1 p.m. ET live on ESPN3 and taped delay on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET. This should be a blowout win for the Americans. Australia will be going up against Canada on Wednesday.
The top two teams from pool play go to the medal rounds, and it is a safe bet for both teams to advance.