Joel Embiid scored 18 points versus New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. (Photo: Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas coach Bill Self says that star freshman Joel Embiid could miss time with back and knee injuries, and just how much could determine whether the Jayhawks still have a shot at landing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The 7-footer has been dealing with a sprained knee and back trouble. He only played 18 minutes in an 85-82 overtime loss at rival Kansas State on Monday night.
Self said afterward Embiid is ``going to need some time off,'' but he wouldn't say whether the big man would miss Saturday's game against TCU.
The Jayhawks are 18-6 and 9-2 in the Big 12, good enough for a narrow lead over Texas (18-5, 7-3) in the race for the conference title.