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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Alexander Radulov Jersey . -- When Sean Spencer became Penn States defensive line coach in 2014, he nicknamed his group of tackles and ends the Wild Dogs and upped the ante last year by using a 3-foot rawhide bone as their encouragement.The Wild Dogs responded with the third most sacks in the nation before three left for the NFL, leaving a big void up front. Its been filled by players who are living up to the moniker perhaps more than any group Spencers coached. Theyre playing with a pack mentality.Theyve been playing crazy, cornerback John Reid said. A lot of people had their doubts about the D-line coming into this year. They fed off that. They worked each and every day. A lot of guys got stronger, bigger and faster and theyve been playing great.No. 8 Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) enters the Big Ten championship against No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2, No. 6 CFP) with 37 sacks, nine away from last seasons total, and is getting contributions from nearly a dozen players Spencers comfortable rotating in and out. Ten different linemen have sacks with defensive ends Garrett Sickels and Evan Schwan leading the way with six apiece for a speedy unit thats been mostly unheralded all season.Not from Reids point of view, however.The sophomore cornerback has played more snaps than any Penn State player by far. Hes done so with magnified confidence as players up front have limited coverage time with straight rushes and twists and stunts that showcase their speed.The D-line definitely makes it easier for the guys on the backend, Reid said. We substitute in a whole other D-line and theyll come in just as fast as the starters.The constant rotation has helped keep Penn States defensive linemen fresh all season. Its the one position group thats avoided serious injury.Its definitely a good thing that were able to play so many guys, tackle Curtis Cothran said. Were ready to go in the fourth quarter.Thats evident as the Nittany Lions have generated pressure out of their base defense late in games. Theyve got 17 fourth-quarter sacks and opposing quarterbacks are completing 53 percent of their throws in the final quarter.Meanwhile, the Badgers stout offensive line has usually worn opposing defensive lines down by then.Wisconsin has allowed 20 sacks this season and four over the past three games, but has mostly neutralized opposing pass-rushers by committing to the run. On the other side of the ball, Wisconsins defensive front might be more underrated than Penn States.Utilizing a 3-4 alignment, Wisconsin primarily generates its pass rush with outside linebackers. They blend size and speed and key off a 3-man front led by 340-pound nose tackle Olive Sagapolu and ends Conor Sheehy and Chikwe Obasih. The Badgers have 31 sacks and outside linebacker T.J. Watts has 9 1/2.Theyre creating mayhem out there, linebacker Ryan Connelly said. A lot of what theyre asked to do is to take on doubles and to occupy guards or tackles, and to occupy those guys up front to free us up. So if were running untouched making plays, that means theyre doing a good job with what theyre doing.The fact Wisconsin leads the country with 21 interceptions isnt lost on Penn State coach James Franklin, either.I think they play complementary defense, Franklin said. 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Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on the knee in nine months. CLEVELAND -- Kevin Love didnt think anything unusual was going on Wednesday night. The scoreboard told a different story.Love scored 40 points, including an NBA-record 34 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 137-125.Love fell three points shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden States Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015.As his point total grew on every possession and the Quicken Loans Arena crowd was on its feet each time shot the ball, Love just went about his business.Im not trying to be nonchalant about it, but sometimes when youre in it you dont necessarily feel it, he said. There was nothing out of the ordinary as far as our play-calling and our flow of the game. I just felt like guys were finding me.LeBron James recorded his 44th career triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, but thought Love owned the night.Obviously we had a huge hot hand, James said. That was lightning. We just kept giving him the ball and he kept knocking them down.Cleveland also set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers and showed no signs of being rusty in its first game since Friday.Love, who set a team record for points in a period, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. He made his first six shots with five 3-pointers.Love didnt realize he was closing in on Thompsons milestone.I didnt know that was the record, he said. I wasnt really aware of it.Damian Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, including 25 in the second half.LeBron James coming downhill is a handful by himself, then you have K-Love on the opposite side -- and somehow, he got lost -- and he ended up getting a wide-open shot, Lillard said. You cant have that.James had his second triple-double this season. He also passed Guy Rodgers for 17th place on the career assist list.Clleveland, which made its first nine 3-pointers, led 46-31 after one quarter and scored 81 points in the first half, two short of the franchise record. Mike Modano Jersey. Love was 1 for 6 and scored six points the rest of the game, all in the third quarter. He made 12 of 20 shots, including 8 of 12 3-pointers.To get 34 points on this team, it says a lot, said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. The thing I liked the most was when he got going, our guys really looked for him.Love recorded his first 40-point game since April 14, 2014, with Minnesota. He scored a career-high 51 points while playing for the Timberwolves on March 23, 2012.STAR-STUDDED CROWDIndians manager Terry Francona, voted the American League Manager of the Year last week, and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown were in attendance. Entertainer Wayne Newton was also at the game and congratulated Love as he came off the court.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland finished 1-4 on a five-game road trip. ... F Al-Farouq Aminu (left calf strain) missed his ninth straight game. Coach Terry Stotts said there is no update on his status. .... Stotts has 190 victories with Portland, tying him with Mike Dunleavy for fourth place in team history.Cavaliers: Loves highest-scoring game with Cleveland was 34, which came on Nov. 23, 2015, against Orlando. ...Clevelands record for points in a half is 83, set on Jan. 15, 1993. ... Tristan Thompson and Portlands Maurice Harkless received double technical fouls after getting tied up under the basket in the second quarter.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host New Orleans on Friday, beginning a four-game, nine-day homestand. Portland is 4-3 at Moda Center this season.Cavaliers: Host Dallas on Friday. Love averaged 19.0 points and 14.5 rebounds in two games against the Mavericks last season. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys' ' '