The Tigers guard rejects Michigan State's Adreian Payne
Memphis' 6-foot-5 guard D.J. Stephens continued to audition for the NCAA Tournament highlight reel with this athletic block of Michigan State's Adreian Payne in the first half.
Stephens' four blocks in the first half, including on back-to-back Michigan State possessions, helped Memphis crawl back from a 13-point deficit to a three-point Michigan State lead at halftime.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner gets plenty of credit for recruiting McDonald's All-Americans, but Stephens was a true find. Pastner admits he lucked into landing a "no-star" recruit, who now may be his most valuable player.
And in another lucky break, viewers got Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery on the call for Memphis in the Tournament.