Friday, February 14, 2014

Self: KU center Joel Embiid out vs. TCU

Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson comes down from a dunk before Kansas players Joel Embiid, left, Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden during the second half on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson comes down from a dunk before Kansas players Joel Embiid, left, Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden during the second half on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Bramlage Coliseum.


Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said after Friday's practice that injured freshman Joel Embiid would not play Saturday at 3 p.m. against TCU at Allen Fieldhouse.

"He did not practice today so he will not play tomorrow," said Self, adding that he's anticipating that Embiid will play when KU travels to Texas Tech next Tuesday. "We're hoping he'll be able to practice by Sunday."

Embiid, a 7-foot center and KU starter, has been hampered by knee and back injuries during the past couple of weeks. He played just 21 minutes during KU's loss at Kansas State last Monday and has shown signs of the injuries impacting his play.

Self said earlier this week that Embiid suited up but did not participate in KU practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, going as far as to say he did not even shoot free throws any of those days. He was suited up again on Friday but did not participate in any portion of practice.

"He hasn't done anything except get treatment," Self said. "Although (his back is) a lot, lot better, it's still not totally pain free."

Self did not say who would start in Embiid's place against TCU, but senior forward Tarik Black started the first few games of the season and has been dealt an increase in minutes with Embiid limited during recent weeks.

Sophomore forward Jamari Traylor also is expected to be back for Saturday's game. Self did not play Traylor on Monday because of unspecified disciplinary reasons.


Asad Zoberi 4 years ago

Wise decision by HCBS.

Let the big fella get the needed rest.

Suzi Marshall 4 years ago

Embiid needs to get healty and come out to play with a renewed enthusiam. We will need him for the stretch run and tournament. It will be good to work on other lineup combinations.

Hopefully we will have him for TTU. That team has shown itself to be dangerous, especially in Lubbuck. We have more than enough to beat TCU on our home court...or any other court without him.

Ted Adams 4 years ago

If it were me, I'd suit him for Tech on Tuesday, but only use him in an emergency.

My guess is that IF KU were to win the next two games, the game against Texas next Saturday could be to clinch a share of the title. I'd like Embiid to be 100% for that game.

Any chance you can get to rest the starters in the next two games is going to be huge. If you can keep them to 20 minutes, or even less against TCU, the next couple of games, that would be ideal.

Mark Lindrud 4 years ago

We don't win the Big 12 without a healthy Joel. We don't win the Big 12 Tourney and go far in March without him. This is smart.

Jeff Kilgore 4 years ago

I disagree. We'd win it without him, but it would be more fun if we won it with him. Black and Traylor are strong enough inside to make up for E's loss.

Dirk Medema 4 years ago

And while unspectacular, Lucas has been real pleasant surprise. I'd almost like to see him start, so Black and Traylor can remain paired together. They just seem to feed off each other.

Jeff Kilgore 4 years ago

He could be a really special player as early as next year.

Steve Kubler 4 years ago

What I pick up from this is a possible need to stay in college for another year so Hudy can work her magic and strengthen Joel's body to match his size and ability. If this much college ball has him torn up a season in the pro's could be ugly. To many players come out of college and end up seriously injured first year in pros harming their career in the process. It is my belief that learning how to properly condition yourself for the sport can help prevent this and don't think many can argue about Andrea's ability to get the best out of people.

Bryce Landon 4 years ago

Shouldn't that be "Too many players"?

Jeff Kilgore 4 years ago

Two many players. Black and Traylor.

Bryce Landon 4 years ago

I've been saying it all week - if he can't go, sit him. Against frickin TCU, no way in hell it should matter.

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