Maybe Mike White needs Matt Foley, the iconic character portrayed on Saturday Night Live by the late Chris Farley, to give a motivational talk to his team.
Or Tony Robbins. Or a drill sergeant.
Something, anything, to get his team fired up and ready to play Wednesday at Arkansas.
The Gators (8-5, 0-1 SEC) continue to show a lack of consistency and it bit them in a home loss to South Carolina last Saturday to open SEC play. Next up, a loud environment at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., for an 8:30 p.m. game.
It’s still early in the SEC season, but it’s getting late fast.
“We have a few guys with a sense of urgency,” White said. “We don’t have enough of them. Sometimes you feel like you’re dragging these guys a little. That’s not the sign of a great team.
“When you have to coach effort, when you have freshmen leading, that’s not the sign of a great team and that’s where we’re at.”
The loss to South Carolina still stings, especially because Florida had a 14-point lead with 11 minutes to go. Again, a lack of consistent effort was the culprit whether it was a lack of aggressiveness on offense or being in position on defense.
It’s certainly not going to get any easier against Arkansas (10-3, 1-0), which has the league’s second-leading rebounder in Daniel Gafford, the SEC player with the most made 3s made in Isaiah Joe and the league’s top assist/turnover ratio guard in Jalen Harris.
The most difficult part for the Florida coach is not knowing what he will get Wednesday night.
“We know what we’re getting from Kevarrius Hayes, Noah Locke and Andrew Nembhard,” White said. “The rest is a crapshoot.
“Three guys that perform at a championship level every day. When you have seven, eight, nine of those guys, you have a pretty good team. We have upperclassmen who are not in that category and get told about it every day.
“It’s an inconsistency with this team. It’s begging of a certain level and if you gotta beg for it, you’re not going to get it consistently. It’s gotta come from within.”
One of those players White is still hoping to get going on an every-game basis is senior KeVaughn Allen, who will be returning to his home state for tonight’s game.
“It’s always good to go there knowing my family and friends can see me,” Allen said. “I play the same, just come out there and be the same, can’t just be emotional or get out of character.”
Or, maybe Allen should play out of character.
On Saturday, Allen was 4-of-5 shooting in the first half, then took only one shot in 12 minutes in the second half.
“That’s the challenge (White) gave to me, to be more aggressive, to just play hard,” Allen said.
That’s a broken record for any fans who have been following Florida basketball the last couple of years.
“I can’t explain it,” White said, “I love him. I talked to him about it again (Monday). You can’t explain it. He’s really talented. He’s hard to guard. We all see it. You see it. I see it. His teammates see it.
“When he is playing aggressive and confident he’s really good and we’re much better for it. And I don’t know how to channel it.”
Paging Psychic Hotline.
Or maybe some home cooking will help.
“He’s always been more aggressive against Arkansas,” White said. “We certainly hope that is the case. I’m sure he’s excited to see his family.
“I told KeVaughn despite everything that’s gone on he can be a first-team all-league player. It’s still so early.”
Allen scored 21 in his only game at Bud Walton Arena in 2016 and has averaged 15.5 points a game in six games against the Razorbacks.
“I’m pretty sure their emotions are going to be high,” said Arkansas junior Adrio Bailey. “They’re going to be eager to get a win because they felt like they should have won that game against South Carolina at their house. I’m pretty sure they’re going to come in and try to take their frustrations out on us.”
Who: Florida (8-5, 0-1 SEC) vs. Arkansas (10-3, 1-0)
When: 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
TV: SEC Network
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850
FLORIDA (8-5/0-1 SEC)
KeVaughn Allen; G; 6-2; Sr.; 10.3 ppg; 2.6 apg
Noah Locke; G; 6-3; Fr.; 10.0 ppg; 2.2 rpg
Andrew Nembhard; G; 6-5; Fr.; 7.35 ppg; 5.8 apg
Keith Stone; F; 6;8; Jr.; 7.0 ppg; 4.6 rpg
Kevarrius Hayes; C; 6-9; Sr.; 6.9 ppg; 6.2 rpg
Adrio Bailey; F; 6-6; Jr.; 6.8 ppg; 3.8 rpg.
Daniel Gafford; F; 6-11; Sr.; 17.0 ppg; 9.5 rpg
Isaiah Joe; G; 6-5; Fr.; 15.5 ppg; 2.3 rpg
Jalen Harris; G; 6-2; So.; 9.5 ppg; 6.8 apg
Mason Jones; G; 6-5; So.; 13.1; ppg; 5.1 apg
NOTES: Freshman guard Noah Locke is averaging 15.5 points in his last four games, hitting 20-of-45 shots while taking 19 percent of Florida’s field goals in those games … Arkansas guard Jalen Harris ranks third in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with 80 assists and 14 turnovers … The Razorbacks are tied for seventh in the nation in blocked shots with 74 … Florida had an eight-game win streak in the series snapped last year at the SEC Tournament in St. Louis … Florida leads the SEC in scoring defense, nut ranks 13th of 14 teams in scoring offense. … Redshirt freshman forward Chase Johnson plans to transfer to Dayton, which is coached by former UF assistant Anthony Grant. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Johnson was plagued by concussions that limited him to just six games over one and and half seasons.