The brackets are set, for better (no outrage!) or worse (quibbles!).

The NCAA tournament selection committee did a first-rate job picking the at-large teams. With the exception of Green Bay, the teams that missed the cut deserved to miss the cut. (Yes, that includes Cal.) The committee's performance seeding teams wasn't as successful.

Quibble No. 1: Louisville and UCLA (both No. 4 seeds).

It sure seems as if the Bruins were rewarded for winning the Pac-12 tournament, but Louisville didn't receive the same consideration for winning 12 of its last 13 and blasting through the American Athletic Conference tournament. Nobody is playing better than the defending champs.

Quibble No. 2: New Mexico.

The Lobos, who face Stanford in the second round Friday, won the Mountain West tournament and beat San Diego State twice in the final weeks, but they're seeded three rungs below the Aztecs.

Quibble No. 3: Virginia.

The Cavaliers, top seeds in the East, were less-than-impressive in nonconference play and have fewer top-50 wins than teams seeded several rungs lower.

Quibble No. 4: The Midwest.

The region is absolutely loaded, with Wichita State, Michigan, Duke and Louisville.

The by-the-book explanation for the composition is geography: There were more elite teams in that portion of the country, and the committee tries to protect (i.e., reward) the best teams by placing them as close to home as possible.

But balance is also essential, and these brackets are not balanced. The Midwest is the toughest, and it's not even close.

Committee grade: B.

It could have been worse (and has been).

A look at some winners and losers from Selection Sunday:

Winner: Stanford. Just to hear its name called for the first time since 2008.

Loser: Stanford. First comes the ornery Mountain West champs, then (potentially) Kansas in St. Louis. Welcome to the Big Dance, Cardinal.

Winner: Pac-12. The conference received six bids, its highest total since 2009. Three teams (UCLA, Colorado and Oregon) were seeded a rung or two higher than expected.

Loser: Little guys: Green Bay, Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Tech were all hoping for at-large bids that went to the likes of Iowa, North Carolina State and Tennessee.

Winner: Gonzaga. The No. 8 seed (higher than expected) suggests the Zags were never in danger of missing the field. But it also slots them into round-of-32 game with Arizona -- if they get past talented Oklahoma State.

Loser: Cal. Not surprisingly, the Bears missed the field. They didn't play well enough down the stretch and didn't have any marquee nonconference wins. Now it's onto the NIT and a first-round date with Utah Valley.

Winner: West Coast Conference. The league was weaker than usual at the top but still collected two bids (Gonzaga and Brigham Young), which are worth $250,000 each.

Loser: Southern Methodist. The committee didn't look kindly on SMU's cupcake nonconference schedule. Too bad: Would have been fun seeing Larry Brown in the Big Dance.

Winner: UCLA. The fourth-seeded Bruins were rewarded for winning the Pac-12 tournament. Apparently, nobody saw them lose to Washington State by 18 points last weekend.

Loser: Wichita State. The first team to start 34-0 since Nevada-Las Vegas in 1991 gets the No. 1 seed in a loaded region.

Winner: Arizona. As expected, the Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the West. Their path to the Elite Eight is as manageable as they could have hoped. But Wisconsin won't be an easy out.

Loser: Florida. The tournament's No. 1 overall seed gets matched against the weakest No. 2 team, Kansas -- unless KU center Joel Embiid is healthy. If that's the case, the Gators will face the toughest No. 2.

Winner: Michigan State. A popular preseason pick for the Final Four, the Spartans endured a slew of injuries but got healthy in time to win the Big Ten title. The committee graciously paired them with the most suspect No. 1-2 combination (Virginia and Villanova).

Loser: Louisville. In addition to the surprisingly low No. 4 seed, the Cardinals are in the same region as Wichita State, Michigan and Duke.

Only two teams have repeated as champs since the end of the UCLA dynasty: Duke (1991-92) and Florida (2006-07).

Louisville's road to back-to-back glory is as treacherous as it gets.

Contact Jon Wilner at jwilner@mercurynews.com.