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    The Cinderella run comes to an end.

    Florida Gulf Coast had been the most refreshing, most compelling story line during the NCAA tournament’s first week. The Eagles have been in Division I basketball for just six years and eligible for postseason play for just two. Their coach, Andy Enfield, has an MBA in finance, a model for a wife and a team full of players who had no clue that they had no business playing this deep into the NCAA tournament.

    But as often happens to small school underdogs in this tournament, reality hits when they collide with elite power conference teams in the Sweet 16. The exuberant FGCU fans continued to wave banners and flags to the very end Friday night, even as fans supporting other schools streamed to the exits in the game’s final two minutes. And in the final seconds, the FGCU fans stood and applauded the players, as Florida fans chanted “Almost Midnight,” referencing the end of the Cinderella run.

    USA TODAY Sports’ Eric Prisbell

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