University of Kansas

January 28, 2014

KU’s Self says Embiid should play Wednesday, Black questionable

Kansas coach Bill Self says freshman center Joel Embiid should be fine to play against Iowa State on Wednesday after suffering a slight knee sprain on Saturday at TCU, while senior forward Tarik Black could be questionable because of an ankle injury.

Kansas coach Bill Self says freshman center Joel Embiid should be fine to play against Iowa State on Wednesday after suffering a slight knee sprain on Saturday at TCU, while senior forward Tarik Black could be questionable because of an ankle injury.

Self, who discussed the injuries on his Hawk Talk radio show, said Black practiced at close to 50 percent on Monday. Black suffered the sprain last Monday in a victory over Baylor and sat out Saturday night’s win at TCU.

“He’s hurt,” Self said. “It’s a pretty bad sprain.”

Self was still hopeful that Black could be able to play against Iowa State. Self also said he was grateful that Embiid’s knee injury wasn’t more severe after watching it on tape.

“We’re fortunate,” Self said, “that we got out of that with it being only a slight sprain.”

• Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins was selected as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Tuesday, the third straight KU player to earn the honor. Wiggins averaged 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in victories over Baylor and TCU. The week included a career high 27 points against TCU, including 19 points in the first half. KU freshman Joel Embiid won the award last week, while freshman guard Wayne Selden took home the honor on Jan. 12.

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