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Flag controversy blocks South Carolina home court advantage

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SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) -

The South Carolina women's basketball team made history Monday night, earning its first ever number one seed in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The team will travel to Seattle over the weekend, where they'll face Cal State Northridge in first round action.

A far cry from what some feel could have been.

Of the four number one seeds in this year's NCAA Women's basketball tournament, South Carolina will be the only top seed without a game in-state.

The Gamecocks were never in the running to host a regional game this season, in light of an NCAA boycott against South Carolina.

The boycott is in protest of the confederate flag, which continues to fly on State House grounds.  The NCAA has said it will not bring it's post-season tournament games to South Carolina, games whose sites have been determined in advance.

NAACP national officer, Rev. Nelson Rivers is in favor of the move, which he says stands against a symbol of hate.

"Maybe it takes the love of athletics to make South Carolina stop offending almost half of the population," he said.

Former State Senator Robert Ford said the rules surrounding the boycott work against it's intended purpose.

"Everybody else is coming here across the world," he said.  "Boeing is here. The PGA is here. Everybody is here except the NCAA."

"There is no boycott on the confederate flag."

In 2015, the NCAA is expected to roll out a new women's basketball format, which would allow the top 16 seeds to start postseason play at home.

At least then, teams like the USC women would determine their own fate.

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