Kansas' Embiid likely out for start of NCAAs

The Associated PressMarch 11, 2014
Kansas' Embiid likely out for start of NCAAs
Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Kansas defeated Oklahoma 83-75. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas center Joel Embiid is expected to miss the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Embiid got a second opinion on his ailing lower back from a specialist in Los Angeles on Monday, and the school says the physician confirmed the original diagnosis of a stress fracture.

The school says Embiid's treatment for the injury makes him ''unlikely to play in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.''

A potential top choice in the NBA draft should he choose to declare, Embiid sat out Kansas' final two regular-season games, a home victory against Texas Tech and a road loss against West Virginia. The Jayhawks had already clinched the outright Big 12 title.