Appel answers call for Cardinal

Stanford center lifts Cardinals past Ohio State and into Elite Eight

Updated: March 29, 2009, 10:40 AM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Things are going so well for second-ranked Stanford these days that even the Cardinal's least favorite place in the world feels like home.

Playing an NCAA tournament regional semifinal Saturday against Ohio State inside the confines of Haas Pavilion, home of hated rival California, Stanford rolled 84-66 for its 19th consecutive victory, a streak that began after a loss to the Golden Bears inside this same building.

Seventeen of those victories, by the way, came ...

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