Sorry, Cinderella, the party's almost over.

Take off that ballroom gown, put on your tattered old dress, retrieve your mop and pail and get back to work.

Once again, the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators are on the verge of snuffing out the hopes and dreams of underdogs everywhere and sending No. 11-seeded Dayton back to Ohio to spend more time with Urban Meyer's family.

I know, I know, all of you romantics out there are going to cheer for Dayton tonight and act like you want the Flyers to beat the big, bad Gators in the South Regional final. But it's a lie — you know it is. Yes, it's great when Cinderella pulls off upsets early in the NCAA Tournament, but now it's time for little Cindy to take a seat and make room for big-boy basketball in the Final Four.

"Even if a team may be a Cinderella, that doesn't have any bearing on what happens when the ball gets tipped up," Florida center Patric Young says. "The best team's going to win."

And that team is traditionally the Gators — aka The Florida Dream Destroyers. The Gators don't just make a habit of ousting dark horse teams from the NCAA Tournament; they have a habit of wiping them off the basketball map.

Remember what happened to George Mason?

The Gators bludgeoned the Patriots in the 2006 Final Four and sent them back to Virginia where we really haven't heard from them since. "All good stories," former UF point guard Taurean Green said at the time, "must come to an end."

Remember what happened to Florida Gulf Coast?

The Gators grounded the high-flying kids from "Dunk City" and turned them into "Klunk City" during last year's NCAA Tournament. And now FGCU is "Shrunk City," evidenced by their off-Broadway ouster from the first-round of the NIT two weeks ago.

"We try to play every game the same way and with the same intensity regardless of who we're playing," Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin says. "What we try to do is not focus on who we're playing, but focus on ourselves and how we need to play in order to advance."

This is precisely why this Florida team is so special. It doesn't matter who the Gators play or where they play, they are driven by what Young likes to call "chasing greatness." Chances are most of the fans at the FedEx Forum will be raucously rooting for Dayton tonight, but do you really think this is going to distract the unflappable Gators?

"As fans, we want to see the underdog team pull off the David and Goliath story," Young says, "but that has nothing to do with what happens between the lines. We've been in hostile environments before. Even if all the fans are cheering for Dayton, we're still going to stay within ourselves. We won't allow it to affect us."