Northern Iowa Panthers

BUBBLE WATCH: Can Irish make run to NCAAs with Colson back?

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey spent the past two months hoping his team could somehow stay within reach of an NCAA Tournament bid until Bonzie Colson could return from a broken left foot.

The Fighting Irish have arrived right on schedule. And Colson's return is a potential game-changer, assuming he's able to knock off any rust from his long recovery.

The preseason Associated Press All-American returned this week after missing 15 games with the injury. And he rejoins a team hovering near .500 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with resume-helping games on the schedule, starting Saturday at top-ranked Virginia followed by next week's league tournament in Brooklyn.