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Gators punished after missing NCAA tourney

It may be of little consolation for Maryland basketball fans who watched the men's team stumble and bumble its way to the finish line and play its way out of the NCAA Tournament, but two-time defending national champion Florida was just as sorry down the stretch.

The Gators lost eight of their final 11 and as a result, received the same consolation prize as the Terps, a berth in the NIT. But Florida coach Billy Donovan had a further message to send to his team so he banned his players from their own locker room and the rest of a swanky practice facility that includes the practice court and the weight room. Instead, the Gators have to do their practicing at older facilities and earn their way back to the newer digs.

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Donovan's rationale: "Probably in some respects the confetti is still falling down around them. When you have great success like we've had, I think it's very, very easy to become complacent and to lose sight of how good things are around here and to have an attitude of, 'I'm at Florida. This is just what's going to happen.' "

Along with taking away the privilege to practice and dress in the newer facility, Donovan also told his team they could not wear any university clothing. No word on whether they can still drink Florida orange juice or use air conditioning.

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