In wake of the Kansas Jayhawks' upset loss to the Stanford Cardinal, ESPN's Jeff Goodman spoke with center Joel Embiid, who sat out Sunday's game with a back injury.

Despite reports from earlier in the week that Embiid's status for the Sweet 16 was up in the air, the freshman seemed pretty certain, saying he could have played against Stanford.

"I would have played in the Sweet 16," Embiid said. "Definitely. ... I could have played today."

Asked about Sunday's game in particular, Embiid didn't mince words.

"It was pretty hard watching them lose," he said. "I felt like I could have helped, but it is what it is."