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.