Last Updated: 2018-01-03
Terrible news out of South Bend, Indiana is breaking at this moment. All-American Forward Bonzie Colson suffered an injury during practice this week and he will miss at least two months of his senior season. Meaning, Colson might have a chance to return for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-3, 1-0) in March.
The Irish were almost certain to make the NCAA Tournament and they looked like one of the handful of teams that could win the final six games of the season. However, the tenor of the whole season has changed with this injury. Colson fractured his left foot and needs surgery to heal in time. Therefore, this eight week timetable is just an estimated guess at this point.
Colson must regain his conditioning in addition to not having a setback during the recovery process. Even then, Colson would have to prove he can provide meaningful minutes during the most important time of the season. Furthermore, we won’t know where the Fighting Irish will be without Colson in the lineup. He is averaging 21.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in his senior season. He is shooting 52.6 percent from the field. Colson also has nine double-doubles this season, including five in a row. During the ACC opening win, he established dominance by going for 22 points and 17 rebounds against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Fighting Irish have 17 games left on the schedule. Meaning, the best case scenario is for Colson to return in the season-finale at Virginia. Otherwise, the Fighting Irish are really hoping that he can finish strong in the ACC Tournament, leading into the NCAA Tournament. If not, we might not see Colson play another college basketball game.
The Fighting Irish score 81 points per game behind the play of a dynamic backcourt duo. Matt Farrell and Temple Gibbs combine for 30.5 points per game. No other players are scoring double figures for the Fighting Irish. Somebody will be needed to manufacture points. It’s a great opportunity for stars to step up or have a lesser known teammate fill the role at power forward.
Their first game without Colson is on Wednesday against North Carolina State. They leave town for their first ACC road game at Syracuse this Saturday.
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