A pair of unbeatens clash when the Furman Paladins face the Penn State Nittany Lions in the first round of the 2022 Charleston Classic on Thursday morning. The Paladins (2-0), who placed second in the Southern Conference at 12-6 and were 22-12 overall in 2021-22, are coming off an 89-74 win over Belmont on Friday. The Nittany Lions (3-0), who tied for 10th in the Big Ten Conference with Maryland and Northwestern at 7-13 and were 14-17 overall, are coming off a 68-62 win over Butler on Monday. Penn State is off to its best start since 2019-20.
Tip-off from TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. Penn State is favored by 2 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points is set at 140.5 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page).
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The model knows five Nittany Lions are averaging in double figures, led by Preseason All-Big Ten selection Jalen Pickett. The fifth-year senior guard is averaging 14.3 points, nine assists, six rebounds, 1.3 steals and one block in 31.7 minutes per game. He is coming off a triple-double performance against Butler on Monday night, scoring 15 points, dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. He opened the season with 23 points in a 93-68 win over Winthrop on Nov. 7.
The model also knows the Paladins have three players scoring in double digits and two others averaging at least nine points per game. Senior guard Mike Bothwell leads the way, averaging 20.5 points on 64% shooting from the floor. He is also averaging four rebounds and 2.5 assists, and is an 87.5% free-throw shooter. Bothwell, who has been a mainstay in the Furman starting lineup the past three years, is coming off a 25-point, six-rebound effort in the win over Belmont.
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