Posted: Mar 3, 2014 3:28 PM
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 3:29 PM
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Freshman center Joel Embiid will sit out the final two regular-season games for No. 8 Kansas so that he can rest a lower back strain that has already caused him to miss a game.
Kansas coach Bill Self said Monday that Embiid re-aggravated the injury and that experts have told the Jayhawks' staff that the best remedy is simply rest.
The Jayhawks, who have already wrapped up their 10th consecutive Big 12 championship, play host to Texas Tech on Wednesday night before finishing the regular season Saturday at West Virginia.
They'll have a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament, which starts March 12.
The 7-foot Embiid has been a revelation this season, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds despite only playing basketball for a few years.