HOUSTON 84, GEORGIA STATE 55

Cougars make quick work of Georgia State in Round 1 of NCAA Tournament

Dejon Jarreau and the Cougars were flying high. Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Houston Cougars won their opening game in the NCAA Tournament, knocking off a badly overmatched Georgia State team 84-55.

Here are five quick highlights:

1) Corey Davis is for real

Davis had another monster game with 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. He hit 7 of 17 3-pointers and helped the Cougars put the game away early.

2) Defense carries the day

The Cougars stifled Georgia State, which shot just 30 percent for the game and made only 6 of 23 3-pointers.

3) And that rebounding...

The Cougars have won all year with defense and rebounding. We already mentioned the defense; they also out rebounded Georgia State 51-27 in a dominant effort.

4) Playing physical

The Cougars were able to beat down the Panthers, and did not commit a lot of fouls doing it (14). If the refs let them play, the Cougars can be very dangerous moving forward.

5) Coming up

The Cougars will face Ohio State in the next round. OSU has good size but is slow. If UH can get out and run, this should be a win.


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After Yordan Alvarez suffered an injury on Thursday from colliding into Jeremy Peña in short left field, many fans and media are questioning whether Alvarez should DH exclusively to keep injuries like this from happening.

While this may prevent injuries from happening in left field, there are numerous ways of getting hurt, such as running the bases, and we saw Alvarez miss some time recently with a hand injury from swinging the bat.

Plus, playing Yordan in left where he's at least an average outfielder, allows veterans like Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve to slide in the DH spot to get some much-needed rest over the course of the season. And there's an argument being made that Yordan is better at the plate when he's playing the field.

Be sure to check out the video above as we debate this hot topic!

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