Is Mercer County the best team in the state?

Page 2 of Mercer County in currently ranked #1 in the AP Poll, tied for #1 in the Litkenhous Ratings, #2 in the Cantrall Ratings and #2 in the Bluegrasspreps Ran... 35 comments | 4025 Views | Go to page 1 →

  1. #16

    Join Date
    Feb 13
    Posts
    1,140

    Quote Originally Posted by Griffster View Post
    Mercer could fall into the role of Gonzaga if they make it to Lexington. There's absolutely no advantage to playing a soft high school schedule. You need to be challenged so things like free throws down the stretch, 50/50 foul calls, and bad shooting nights don't override the fact that you're in Rupp- and about everyone who knows anything about Kentucky high school basketball thinks you're beatable.
    I count myself among the "everyone who knows anything about Kenrucky high school basketball." Of course Mercer is beatable - as are ALL teams. I wasn't convinced they'd win at Wayne last week, nor am I convinced they'll win a handful of their remaining games. There are just too many variables on any given night.

    Having said that, that's always true. The best team doesn't always win every night. But, as Purple Pride has shown, a very strong case can be made that they're the best team in the state.
    Advertisement

  2. #17
    mooremiller31's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 07
    Location
    Frankfort, KY
    Posts
    1,430

    The 12th region tournament won't be an easy road for Mercer County but it's no where near as tough as it was last year. That being said with what they have left I think they will finish undefeated.

  3. #18

    Join Date
    Dec 15
    Posts
    888

    Trevon Faulkner, to me, is the glue for this team. In the "test" that was AC last week, he took over periods of that game. Put the team on his back and drove the lane with wreck less abandon, the whole time being absolutely ripped by the colorful student section. This guy never flinched at a 12 pt. hole. Of course Will and Dylan did their part too, but I'm not sure they walk out with the W, if not for the poise shown by Trevon. I'm a "homer" so of course I'm going to say that Mercer is most definitely the #1 team in the state! All I know for sure though, is that they are the most fun to watch, of any high school team I've ever been around

  4. #19

    Join Date
    Jan 14
    Posts
    240

    Christian county has a "very soft schedule". That's funny.

  5. #20
    spindoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 05
    Location
    It's the most wonderful time of the year
    Posts
    55,390

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenvilleky View Post
    Christian county has a "very soft schedule". That's funny.
    Make your case. You'll be taken more seriously if you do, otherwise, it's whatever.

  6. #21

    Join Date
    Jan 14
    Posts
    240

    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    Make your case. You'll be taken more seriously if you do, otherwise, it's whatever.
    Your words, not mine were "very soft schedule". You made the accusation of "very soft". Why should I have to make the case? But I will anyway.

    Christian County has played 17 games. 11 have been against teams with winning records. They've already played 6 teams that have 15 wins or more. the average record of their opponents is 11-6.

    Have they played the toughest schedule in the state? nope. It's hard to when you're a far wky team. But your words were "very easy". Only a fool would say Christian County's schedule was "very soft".

    Thanks. Appreciate the opportunity to make my case.

  7. #22

    Join Date
    Apr 15
    Posts
    189

    Quote Originally Posted by mooremiller31 View Post
    The 12th region tournament won't be an easy road for Mercer County but it's no where near as tough as it was last year. That being said with what they have left I think they will finish undefeated.


    I think there is more teams in the 12th this year capable of pulling an upset (pulaski, casey,boyle,lincoln,rock). However i don't think there is a team as good as the Boyle County team last year. I will venture to say i don't think any team is as good as Lincoln or Wayne was last year either.

  8. #23
    Wireman's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 05
    Location
    8507 Queens Boulevard
    Posts
    53,416

    Definitely top 5

  9. #24
    spindoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 05
    Location
    It's the most wonderful time of the year
    Posts
    55,390

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenvilleky View Post
    Your words, not mine were "very soft schedule". You made the accusation of "very soft". Why should I have to make the case? But I will anyway.

    Christian County has played 17 games. 11 have been against teams with winning records. They've already played 6 teams that have 15 wins or more. the average record of their opponents is 11-6.

    Have they played the toughest schedule in the state? nope. It's hard to when you're a far wky team. But your words were "very easy". Only a fool would say Christian County's schedule was "very soft".

    Thanks. Appreciate the opportunity to make my case.
    First, I never discussed their schedule here or anywhere else for that matter, so there's that.
    Glad you made your case. With all due respect, it's not that convincing however.

  10. #25

    Join Date
    Jan 14
    Posts
    240

    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    First, I never discussed their schedule here or anywhere else for that matter, so there's that.
    Glad you made your case. With all due respect, it's not that convincing however.
    Youre right, but you called me out... So I made the case. I didn't have much of a case to make. All I had to do was prove it wasn't "very soft". It obviously isn't. I could go through and break down every team. But I don't have to. The standard I have to get to is "very soft". The fact that they have already played several teams with 15 or more wins along with their opponent's having a combined winning record, it's obviously not "very soft".

  11. #26
    spindoc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 05
    Location
    It's the most wonderful time of the year
    Posts
    55,390

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenvilleky View Post
    Youre right, but you called me out... So I made the case. I didn't have much of a case to make. All I had to do was prove it wasn't "very soft". It obviously isn't. I could go through and break down every team. But I don't have to. The standard I have to get to is "very soft". The fact that they have already played several teams with 15 or more wins along with their opponent's having a combined winning record, it's obviously not "very soft".
    Their KY opponents combined record is 103-83. They have a quality win vs Tilghman no doubt. And maybe you can toss Daviess and Webster in there as decent opponents. But to be honest, no one knows the quality of opponent from out of state. The Christmas tourney they went 2-2.

    For the record, I think CC is a top 2 squad in the commonwealth, but I'm not buying that they've played a juggernaut schedule. If your measuring stick is "very soft", well I hope they have a higher standard. I appreciate you stating your case. But it's this time of year you come out of the woodwork to pound the WKY drum and I'm glad you did.

  12. #27

    Join Date
    Feb 13
    Posts
    1,735

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenvilleky View Post
    Your words, not mine were "very soft schedule". You made the accusation of "very soft". Why should I have to make the case? But I will anyway.

    Christian County has played 17 games. 11 have been against teams with winning records. They've already played 6 teams that have 15 wins or more. the average record of their opponents is 11-6.

    Have they played the toughest schedule in the state? nope. It's hard to when you're a far wky team. But your words were "very easy". Only a fool would say Christian County's schedule was "very soft".

    Thanks. Appreciate the opportunity to make my case.
    Actually "very soft" were my words. You should also note that my comments noted an exclusion to their out of state tournament (I should have been more specific to all out of state opponents as they give very little frame of reference).

    Of the Kentucky teams they have played the only one that I would consider a quality opponent is Paducah Tilghman. Tilghman is borderline top 25 in the state, but probably more in the top 40 range. After that they haven't played another team that is in the top two in their region or in the top 50 in the state.

    Playing a lot of average teams doesn't make a schedule very strong. According to Maher they have the 58 toughest schedule.

    For a top 5-10 team I consider that soft schedule.

  13. #28
    Randy Parker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 08
    Location
    In the snow, laying there like a slug
    Posts
    68,971

    This may or may not answer the question, but I think if every team played its best, Dunbar is #1.

  14. #29
    BigVMan23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 13
    Location
    Near Frankfort
    Posts
    9,517

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    This may or may not answer the question, but I think if every team played its best, Dunbar is #1.
    Ummm...I don't know about that. I would say they and Mercer would be neck and neck, but between the two I'd say with Dunbar there is more of a question as to what team you will get on a given night.

  15. #30

    Join Date
    Jan 16
    Posts
    110

    Most definetly trevon plays fearlessly , NOTHING bothers him on the court..totally agree..but i do think Hager is exactly the same way...to me both are the glue....GREAT HS backcourt with a refuse to lose attitude....drew davis is the same way

Top