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Kansas center Joel Embiid walks off the court holding his lower back after injuring it during the second half of the Jayhawks' Feb. 8, 2014 game against West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Self confident Embiid’s back healthy

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self assured a pair of Philadelphia radio talk show audiences last week that Joel Embiid’s once-injured back is healed. Notes by Gary Bedore

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Prep coach: Embiid had back pain last year, too

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid has experienced back discomfort off and on during the early stages of his still-young basketball career. “He had that a little bit last year. He tried to fight through it, mostly after the season,” Embiid’s high school coach, Justin Harden of The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., said in a phone conversation Tuesday. By Gary Bedore

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Joel Embiid ruled out for Big 12 Tournament

Kansas center, who suffered a stress fracture in his back, unlikely to play first weekend of NCAAs

Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, who has a stress fracture in his lower back, will miss the upcoming Big 12 basketball tournament and is a “longshot” to play the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, coach Bill Self said Monday night. By Gary Bedore

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