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Coach Tad Boyle hopes the marquee victory that propelled Colorado into the Top 25 is just another example of his team's current progression.

The No. 21 Buffaloes try for their first 10-game winning streak in 52 seasons Friday night against Elon.

Colorado (9-1) has had enough time to process its dramatic 75-72 home win over then-No. 6 Kansas on Saturday. After his team blew a six-point lead over the final 1:44, guard Askia Booker hit a 30-footer as time expired to send the Buffaloes to their ninth consecutive victory since a 72-60 season-opening loss to then-No. 25 Baylor in Dallas.

Though the win is certainly important in terms of visibility for the program, Boyle hopes it won't be the defining moment for his team this season.

"For our fans and our players, it's huge, absolutely," Boyle said. "But I want our fans to understand, it's not about Kansas. It's about Colorado. That's where we need to get this program."

He also doesn't want the Buffaloes putting too much stock into their first appearance in the Top 25 since they were No. 19 the week of Nov. 26, 2012.

"It's nice for our university, the program and players that we are recognized as one of the elite teams in the country," Boyle told the school's official website. "But we aren't going to get carried away with it. Just like we won't be disappointed if we're not in it."

Instead, Boyle's squad will focus on trying to win 10 straight from the first time since the 1961-62 team won 12 in a row.

Colorado shot just 41.1 percent against the Jayhawks but grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and committed only eight turnovers. The Buffaloes forced 14 miscues from Kansas and held a 24-8 edge in points off turnovers.

Booker, meanwhile, is shooting 38.1 percent on the season but has averaged 13.2 points in the last five games after scoring 10.4 per contest through the first five.

"Askia is important to us, he's our emotional leader," Boyle said. "He can't let his play affect his leadership on this team, and it's hard, it's hard to lead when you're a shooter and you're not shooting it well.

"It was really big for us, and our program, to have him make the shot."

Booker's last-second shot gave the Buffaloes their 16th straight home victory over a non-conference opponent and 43rd in the last 44 such contests.

Colorado shot 61.9 percent during a 107-69 home victory over Elon in the only previous meeting Nov. 20, 1998.

Returning their top six scorers from last season's 21-12 team, the Phoenix (5-4) will be looking for a fourth consecutive victory but haven't played since an 87-70 win over VMI on Dec. 3. Forward Lucas Troutman averages a team-leading 17.1 points and had 21 against the Keydets.

Teammate Tanner Samson, who hails from nearby Littleton, Colo., and averages 12.8 points, scored a career-high 23 while going 5 of 8 from 3-point range versus VMI.

Elon, which also has eighth-ranked Duke and No. 22 Massachusetts on its schedule, is 0-17 against Top 25 opponents since 1998-99.

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