Scooby Axson
Monday March 3rd, 2014

Joel Embiid is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds a game this season. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images) Kansas freshman Joel Embiid is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Kansas center Joel Embiid will sit out the team's final two regular season games due to a back injury, head coach Bill Self said Monday.

Embiid will miss the Jayhawks' games against Texas Tech on Wednesday and at West Virginia on Saturday after re-injuring his back in a 72-65 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.

"I think he's OK for long term, don't get me wrong on that. But I'm not really sure on how long or if we're going to need to rest him," Self said via Topeka Capital Journal. "It's a similar thing as before, lower back strain basically. He certainly benefited from the five days before that we gave him off, but still obviously it's not close to being 100 percent because he reaggravated it in the Oklahoma State game."

BELLER: Who's No. 1? These five teams each have a claim on final top seed

Embiid has had issues with his back since earlier this season. He missed the Jayhawks' victory over TCU on Feb. 15, then played 32 minutes in their next game, a win over Texas. He is averaging 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for the eighth-ranked Jayhawks (22-7).

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.