After finishing off Elon on Friday night, there's a good chance several members of the Colorado men's basketball team went home and cracked open a book or two.

Most of the players had to take final exams on Saturday, and many of them will be taking even more in the coming week as the fall semester wraps up at CU.

For coach Tad Boyle and his staff, the next few days will require a change in the regular routine for the No. 21 Buffaloes (10-1).

"This is a high-stress time in their life and in the semester, so as coaches this is a time where we've got to back off," Boyle said. "We've got to back off them mentally. We don't want to back off physically, because we've got to stay in shape and we've got to stay sharp, but it's a great opportunity for guys to get in the gym on their own and work on their jump shot or work on their free throws or work on whatever part of their game they need to work on."

Friday's 80-63 victory was CU's 10th in a row -- its longest winning streak in 52 years. Next up is a date with No. 7 Oklahoma State in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Buffs, of course, want to be sharp for that game against the Cowboys (9-1), but they have more important things to worry about for a few days, Boyle said.

"We can't start thinking about Oklahoma State yet," he said after Friday's game. "We've got to think about what do we need to do over the next three or four days to get these guys through finals."

Boyle gave the players time off Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the players will have individual workouts in small groups. Those workouts will be scheduled around their finals.

The team won't be together as a whole on the court until Thursday.

"I think the individual workouts will be good for us," freshman Dustin Thomas said. "I'm hoping it'll build confidence for a lot of players."

Boyle is hoping the same thing. He also said that the individual workouts should benefit his players because "physical exercise can be a great stress release during finals."

As for Oklahoma State, Boyle said the coaching staff will make sure it is prepared to give the team a good scouting report on Thursday and Friday.

"Our guys are going to be ready mentally and we'll have them ready physically and emotionally for Oklahoma State," Boyle said.

"It's nice to have this break. Our guys need it. It's been a grind up to this point. It's a time to maybe exhale."

While it may seem like a tough challenge to have a big game at the end of a stressful week of school, sophomore Xavier Johnson said he is looking forward to it.

"It's good. It gets your mind off everything," he said. "You're able to just relax and play your game and just have fun."

Rare matchup

When the Buffs face OSU on Saturday, it'll mark just the 11th time in school history that CU and its opponent will both be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

So far, the Buffs are 3-7 in those games, including 0-5 since 1969. The last time a ranked CU team beat a ranked opponent was on March 1, 1969, when the No. 18 Buffs knocked off No. 13 Kansas, 75-67.

Since 1970, a ranked CU team has faced a ranked opponent just four times -- all during the 1996-97 season.

Paint presence

So far this season, the Buffs have more than held their own in the paint.

Nine times in 10 games, CU has out-rebounded the opponent. The Buffs have also had the advantage in paint points in 10 of the 11 games. The only team to outscore the Buffs in the paint was Kansas, which had a 42-26 advantage.

Aside from Kansas, CU has outscored the opposition 328-201 in the paint this season.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.