Stach's solid play helped push Gonzaga back into the NCAA Tournament, just in time for what could be the most mad month of March Spokane's ever seen.
Xavier isn't even favored to win the West. With a 17-1 league record, they finished the season with the most wins in WCC history.
COUGARS, AZTECS DANCE AGAIN: In Wichita, sixth-seeded Houston (26-7) will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010 when it faces No. 11 seed San Diego State (22-10). However, either Missouri (+2000) or Florida State (+4000) could give the Musketeers problems in Round 2.
Loyola-Chicago will now play No. 3 seed Tennessee in the second round on Saturday.
For the Bulldogs, the season has been one of growth and maturation.
Davidson effectively knocked Notre Dame out of the NCAA Tournament with an upset victory over 25th-ranked Rhode Island in the A-10 Tournament Title Game, on Sunday. They also boast an National Basketball Association star in the 6-foot-11 Jaren Jackson Jr., who could help lead this team deep and potentially help them win it all. Other teams listed in the top 10 odds to win the championship are Purdue (14/1), Cincinnati (17/1), Gonzaga (20/1), and West Virginia (30/1).
Michigan State is staying home as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, where the Spartans will open against 14th-seeded Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
South Dakota State has rattled off 11 straight wins entering the NCAA Tournament, and boast the third longest active winning streak in the country.
Two college basketball teams are now tied with the best shot at winning the latest "Big Dance".
ROLLING WOLVERINES: Michigan earned the No. 3 seed in the West Region after five straight wins to cap the regular season and four wins in four days to win a second straight Big Ten Tournament title. In the end, it all sets up as a rematch of last year's NCAA championship game, North Carolina vs. Gonzaga for the West championship.
Ken Pom Says: North Carolina is the highest-rated team in the region (7), followed by Gonzaga (8), MI (10) and Xavier (14). That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State. Both teams are No. 1 seeds at the moment.
It's been a week since they won the Southern Conference tournament, giving them time to rest. At +420, it's behind defending national champion North Carolina (+250), the No. 2 seed, last year's runner-up in fourth-seeded Gonzaga (+350) and red-hot Big Ten Tournament champion MI (+400), the third seed.
Next up for the Jayhawks will be the victor of Thursday's matchup between No. 8 Seton Hall and No. 9 North Carolina State.
Notre Dame had a seven-game losing streak while preseason All-American Bonzie Colson was out injured and couldn't do enough by the time he returned.