Pallilo Points

James Harden is the best offensive player in Rockets history

James Harden is playing at an elite level once again this season and Charlie Pallilo now believes that Harden has surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon as the best regular season offensive player in history of the franchise. Harden has an opportunity to add to his MVP resume on Wednesday night when Houston faces Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks at Toyota Center.

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.