Championship expectations?

Max Kellerman: Rockets can win the whole thing

Today on First Take, Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith discuss what they learned from the Rockets' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday night, and what they expect from the two MVP candidates and their teams going forward. Max has changed his mind about the Rockets, and now believes they have a good chance to win a championship if Chris Paul can return to the lineup and stay healthy.

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.