By kernersvillebuckeye on 15:50:01 03/20/17
In a sense they did it to themselves. The first and second rounds of the tourney was to be held in Greensboro, but was moved due to the HB2, the bathroom laws. The NCAA viewed North Carolina as intolerant toward the LGBT community when it was made as law in March of 2016. Many universities felt it to be intolerant, too...including schools like UNC and Duke.
So due to the law, the NCAA moved the games from Greensboro (a little over an hour long from their respective campuses) to Greenville, SC about 190/200 miles away. This was their de facto home court for the first two rounds. USC would have played that game in Greensboro verses Duke...as Duke and North Carolina always, seemingly, get a "bye" by playing in Greensboro or Raleigh or Charlotte.
And that, as they say, is the rest of the story.