Joe Caffrey searches for shot in a game against DeSales on Jan. 9. Photo Credit: King's College Athletics
Joe Caffrey searches for shot in a game against DeSales on Jan. 9. Photo Credit: King’s College Athletics

The King’s College men’s basketball team is looking to slide in to the fourth and final seed of the Freedom Conference to clinch playoff berth, but the Monarchs still have a ways to go. What will the Monarchs have to do to get into the playoffs?

After losing back-to-back games on the road versus Misericordia and DeSales the Monarchs will have an important home stand. They will face a weak Eastern team and Fairleigh Dickinson, whom the Monarchs trail by a half-game in the loss column for the fourth spot in the Conference standings.

The Monarchs are not known for being a great home team, and are 4-5 in Scandlon Gymnasium. If they want to make it to the playoffs they will have to be more consistent down the stretch of the season at home.

The Monarchs are one of the best defensive teams in the Conference and rank third in scoring defense as teams average 65.1 points per game and shoot only 39.1%, which ranks first in the conference.

Good defense will always prevail against good offense, and the Monarchs have proven that by beating Wilkes and Manhattanville. Both are teams that average more than 70 points a game.

King’s will have to rely heavily on their defense, especially down the stretch of games where they have struggled scoring.

Ball movement has played a huge part of the Monarchs’ offense. They average a Conference leading 15.2 assists a game.

Although the Monarchs have good scorers like junior guard Kyle Hammonds, who averages 13.2 points a game, and senior guard Matt Fiorino at 11.3 points per game, moving the ball around allows for other guys to step up and help with the scoring load.

Most importantly for the Monarchs, they will have to find consistency and get into a groove while other teams continue to struggle.

If the Monarchs can get into a hot streak, they could find themselves in the postseason, contending for the Freedom Conference Championship.