The Memphis Tigers were destroyed by the Michigan State Spartans in the third round of the NCAA tournament, but DJ Stephens block on Adreian Payne was probably the highlight of the game. Stephens averaged 2.6 blocks per game this season and had eight blocks against St. Mary’s in the second round of the tournament.
Entering the NCAA tournament, Memphis trailed only Gonzaga in wins.
After the sixth-seeded Tigers were eliminated by a 70-48 loss to Michigan State on Saturday, they remained among the most confident schools in the nation.
''We know we have one of the best teams in the country,'' Memphis forward D.J. Stephens said. ''We should have never lost this game....
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March 23, 2013
The Memphis Tigers were eliminated from the NCAA March Madness tourney today courtesy the Michigan State Spartans. Well, Tigers senior D.J. Stephens, who averaged 2.6 blocks this season and is coming off an 8-block performance against the St. Mary’s Gaels, swatted the Spartans Adreian Payne’s hook shot with the animosity of someone scorned by impending defeat. Check the video...
When D.J. Stephens is dunking and blocking shots, Memphis looks like a team that could make an extended run in this NCAA tournament.
Then, the Tigers start missing free throws and turning the ball over - and suddenly no lead seems safe.
''It's the NCAA tournament. Things like that happen,'' coach Josh Pastner said. ''We just missed some free throws down...
Matthew Dellavedova caught the ball and took one more 3-pointer.
It was about as good a scenario as Saint Mary's could have hoped for, especially since the Gaels were trailing by five moments earlier. But Dellavedova, the school's career leader in scoring, missed long as time expired.
''As soon as Delli got the ball in the corner, we all thought it was going to...
This might be the best shot fake of all-time.On Saturday, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles visited the Memphis Tigers for a Conference USA affair. Shortly into the first half, Eagles forward Dwayne Davis received the ball behind the arc on the wing and proceeded to launch a shot. No, not really. It turned out that Davis' attempt was a fake and it made Tigers defender D.J. Stephens...
D.J. Stephens matched his career high with 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots as Memphis took an early lead and easily defeated Tulsa 94-64 on Saturday.
Stephens' hustling play in the first half allowed Memphis to hold a 17-point lead at halftime, and the Tigers (18-3, 7-0 Conference USA) continued to pour it on in the second half for their 12th straight win...
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February 02, 2013
Memphis junior forward D.J. Stephens' tip-dunk in the Tigers' 72-68 victory over Xavier Feb. 4 is nominated for college basketball's Dunk of the Year, Intersport announced Monday. Two winners from each week will be determined by fan voting at facebook.com/DunksOfTheYear.