Kansas standout Kevin McCullar out for NCAA tournament, says Bill Self.  

The Kansas men's basketball team is shutting down star guard Kevin McCullar and will be without him for the NCAA Tournament, which begins this week, head coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.  

McCullar led the Jayhawks in scoring this season, averaging 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. He had been suffering with a persistent knee   

ailment for several weeks and hadn't played since Kansas' March 9 loss to Houston."It's too awful for him to be able to contribute," Self said upon the team's arrival in Salt Lake City.  

"So Kevin will not play. We're shutting him off during the tournament. If we are fortunate enough to win two games, we will have done so without him."  

"He hasn't practiced in six weeks, basically," Self went on to say. "He tried to (go play) and said that he just couldn't go."McCullar made a message on social media shortly following Self's comments.  

McCullar, who was named an honorable mention All-American on Tuesday, had back-to-back triple-doubles earlier this season and was enjoying the type of season the Jayhawks had hoped   

for when he opted to return for a fifth year. McCullar played his first three seasons at Texas Tech before transferring to Kansas."Kevin's with the team," Self added.   

"I mean, he tried, and we know he did, and he was in treatment, but it didn't get any better. It gradually improved in subsequent weeks. And this week, after consulting with doctors and Kevin about where he is psychologically and physically right now,   

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