Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid could miss Big 12 Tournament

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self says he is 100 percent certain that prized freshman center Joel Embiid will play in the postseason, but is unsure when he will make his return to the court after sitting out the final two regular season games.

“I’m optimistic he’ll play soon,” Self said. “He’ll be back. I’m 100 percent optimistic he’ll be back. We just don’t know yet whether it will be this week or next week. We’re not going to put him out there until the doctors say he’s ready.”

Embiid is in California on Monday to get a second opinion on his ailing back, but Self doesn’t think anything new will pop up when the team receives the results expected by Monday evening.

With Embiid in the lineup Kansas is as good as any team in the nation and a legitimate contender to cut the nets down in April, but without him they are vulnerable as we saw in their six-point loss at West Virginia in the season finale

The 7-0, 250-pound center is a candidate to be the first overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft and is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

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