Dec 21, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates after scoring during the second half of the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 86-64. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks' freshman Joel Embiid expected to play Tuesday

Kansas Jayhawks’ freshman center Joel Embiid missed Kansas’ 95-65 win over the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday with lingering back and knee issues.

In fact, Embiid hasn’t played more than 18 minutes in a game since Kansas’ 81-69 loss to the Texas Longhorns back February 1.

According to, Embiid will return Tuesday when the Jayhawks travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self told ESPN that Embiid, who sat out Saturday’s win over TCU, practiced full-speed on Sunday.

“He should play on Tuesday,” Self said.

Embiid has been dealing with a nagging knee injury, and then suffered a back injury in the final minutes against West Virginia on Feb. 8. Self told ESPN an MRI “didn’t come back with anything major.”

Embiid has been fantastic as a freshman. The 7’0, 250-pound native of Cameroon is averaging 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.3 assists per game.

Kansas had no problem with TCU over the weekend, mostly because of Perry Ellis and fellow freshman Andrew Wiggins, and should be able to get by Texas Tech.

However, the Jayhawks will obviously need the potential #1 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft health if they want to make any noise in March and April.

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