MADISON, Wis. -- Linebacker Vince Biegel attributes Wisconsins success in the face of injuries in part to a refrain familiar in college football locker rooms across the country.What makes the sixth-ranked Badgers stand out is that they have thrived with the next man up philosophy.Tough-as-nails defense has been a constant this season in Madison, helping Wisconsin seize control of the Big Ten West division. The Badgers (8-2, 5-2, No. 7 CFP) can ensure a trip to the league championship game by winning their final two regular-season contests, starting Saturday at Purdue .Weve had some unfortunate luck with players going down, but it goes down to the players that we have, and the mindset they have to step in, Biegel said.A senior leader, Biegel has played for three head coaches. Bret Bielema was still in Madison when Biegel arrived as a redshirt freshman in 2012. Gary Andersen followed for the next two seasons before current coach Paul Chryst took over in 2015.Biegel loves playing for Chryst, a Madison native who has restored stability. As a former Wisconsin player, Chryst embodies the grind-it-out, no-nonsense style on which the program prides itself.While Wisconsin would love to collect five-star recruits, the Badgers seem just fine with molding and developing lesser-regarded prospects.Ive overlooked at times the culture we have at the University of Wisconsin, because its just ingrained in you from Day 1, the precedent and standard we set here, Biegel said. Its not the five-star, the four guys we dont get. Its the hard work in the offseason, the dedication, the focus we have.That attitude, in turn, is handed down from each generation of Badgers, Biegel said, transcending coaching tenures.The Badgers are third in the FBS in scoring defense (12.7 points a game) and eighth in total defense (292.5 yards). Theyre tops in the Big Ten in rushing defense 101.0 yards per game. And theyve done it through a mix of injuries.Starting inside linebacker Chris Orr was lost for the season in the opener against LSU with a knee injury. Jack Cichy, a fellow starter inside, went down with a season-ending pectoral muscle injury last month against Iowa.Biegel missed two games with a foot injury. The Badgers lost both games -- to top-five teams Michigan and Ohio State -- but the defense still performed well with Garret Dooley filling in for Biegel. The Badgers held Michigan to a season-low point total in the 14-7 loss . Dooley remains an important player in the linebacker rotation.Low-key like Chryst, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox heaps the praise on how his players up and down roster get ready.The guys have done a really good job of understanding the importance of practice, how its their time of going over their craft, Wilcox said. All the components that give you the opportunities to have some success.Ryan Connelly and Leon Jacobs have both been more than capable replacements for Cichy, the leading tackler at the time of his injury.In the secondary, Lubern Figaro has improved through the year after taking over when third cornerback Natrell Jamerson went down with a leg injury early in the season. Jamerson is back, adding to the depth in what has been a solid secondary.Wisconsin had four interceptions last week against Illinois .Up front, Olive Sagapolu will miss the Purdue game this weekend because of a right arm injury. At 6-foot-2, 340 pounds, Sagapolu is a space-eating nose tackle who helps slow down the run.The Badgers turned to 6-4, 288-pound Conor Sheehy to play nose. Its a position that he had played before, and while the defense lost size without Sagapolu, it gained more athleticism up front.None of those D-linemen get enough credit. He might have a bad play now and then, but Conor plays steady football, Wilcox said. Conors a guy who will do anything for the team; very, very smart, well prepared and real good technique.Sheehy had figured to play more end this season, though he practiced at both positions.It doesnt matter to me, Sheehy said, Whatever they need me to play.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Genaro Armas at: https://twitter.com/GArmasAP Julio Jones Jersey . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Alex Mack Jersey . Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April. American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. http://www.cheapfalconsjerseysonline.com/?tag=grady-jarrett-jersey-online . 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LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis backpedaled from the 3-point line, his arm staying up in the follow-through position as his shot went down to push New Orleans lead to eight points with a minute-and-a-half to go.A mere 12 seconds later, his arm was extended again -- this time to swat away Thaddeus Youngs running floater as the Pelicans emphatically closed out a 102-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.My teammates were just telling me to end the game, Davis said. Of course, they lean on me to try to close out down the stretch. I was just trying to be aggressive.Davis was having a pretty good night even before his late flourish, finishing with 35 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. He highlighted his latest dynamic performance with two 3-pointers and a couple of driving dunks. During a pivotal 15-0 Pelicans run inside the final 5 minutes, he converted a three-point play on a driving dunk, hit a 3, added four free throws and blocked two shots.Davis got loose in a couple transitions. He made a 3. Theyre moving him around, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. He hurt us really in transition and just attacking the basket.Rookie Buddy Hield also hurt the Pacers with a career-high 21 points, hitting five 3s along the way.He can shoot it even better than he did tonight, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of Hield. Hes just learning what a good shot is.And New Orleans even got its first production of the season from guard Tyreke Evans, who played 11 minutes in his return from a right knee injury that also sidelined him most of last season. He had seven points, three rebounds and two assists.He played pretty well in his limited minutes, Davis said.Jrue Holiday, who started the Pelicans decisive surge with a driving layup, had 16 points and 14 assists, while Terrence Jones added 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.Myles Turner scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting for Indiana, but the Pacers missed eight straight shots during a 4-minute scoring drought late in the fourth quarter. Indianas Jeff Teague had 21 points and 10 assistss and Paul George had 18 points.ddddddddddddThe game was close through 3 1/2 quarters, when neither team had built a lead larger than eight points. The Pacers led 90-85 after Georges layup with 4:52 to go, but thats when the game turned dramatically in New Orleans favor.Theres something were not doing right. We have to address it, George said. The majority of our losses, weve been in the game or in control. Were not figuring out how to close it.TIP-INSPacers: Al Jefferson scored 14 points. ... G Rodney Stuckey was sidelined by soreness in his left hamstring, which he pulled during a loss at Miami on Wednesday night. His absence further thinned Indianas depth at guard with Monta Ellis skipping the trip because of his right groin strain. ... George was assessed a technical foul for arguing a call on the defensive end in the second quarter.Pelicans: Reserve PG Tim Frazier, who sprained his right wrist during Tuesday nights loss to Golden State, was scratched from the lineup. ... New Orleans outrebounded Indiana 56-46.OFF TARGETIndiana entered the game shooting 37 percent from 3-point range but hit only 3 of 21 (14 percent). Davis said the Pelicans had something to do with that.That was one of our biggest focuses was guarding the 3-point line. We wanted to be up on ball screens and make them shoot 2s, Davis said. They rely on their 3s a lot and we just wanted to make sure it was tough on everyone.COMPETITIVE REUNIONIn his first game against the team he left in free agency after last season, New Orleans small forward Solomon Hill often guarded George, who failed to score 20 points for just the first time in seven games.We didnt let him close to the basket. Everyone had my back, Hill said. We felt like he didnt get comfortable tonight and that changed the dynamic of their team.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Detroit on Saturday night to complete a three-game trip.Pelicans: Visit Houston on Friday night to begin a three game trip. 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