Kansas Jayhawks freshman center Joel Embiid will miss the final two games of the regular season after aggravating a lower-back strain against Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas head coach Bill Self said in an interview with Time Warner Cable Sports on Monday.
The plan is for Embiid to rest his back so he's ready for the postseason. He'll miss the Jayhawks' games against Texas Tech on Wednesday and West Virginia on Saturday. Self said Embiid will be re-evaluated on Sunday, according to the Kansas City Star's Rustin Dodd:
Bill Self says KU has consulted experts on specific back injury ailing Joel Embiid: "Rest is the best remedy." Will re-evaluate this Sunday.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) March 3, 2014
Embiid initially tweaked his back on Feb. 8 against West Virginia and he was given five days off afterward, which included missing Kansas' Feb. 15 win over TCU.
On the season, Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, shooting 62.6 percent from the field. He's widely regarded as the best candidate to go No. 1 in this June's NBA Draft.
The Jayhawks open the Big 12 Tournament on March 13.