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Gators give coach Billy Donovan new perspective on soaking in a win

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Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan celebrates cutting the net following their win over Dayton Flyers 62-52 …

Dumping big buckets of water or Gatorade over a coach's head is generally reserved for the sidelines of football fields in January and February, but that didn't deter members of the Florida basketball team from a chance to douse coach Billy Donovan.

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Following the Gators' 30th consecutive victory in the south regional final Saturday against Dayton, Florida players waited for the right moment with Donovan in the locker room surrounded by players with no way out.

Two players came across the room with a big bucket of water they basically tossed on Donovan, who seemed to enjoy the moment.

And why wouldn't he?

The Gators had lost in the Elite Eight in each of the past three seasons before finally breaking through Saturday against the Flyers. Florida will play the winner of Sunday's game between Connecticut and Michigan State next week in the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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