Oral Roberts–Tulsa basketball rivalry

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PSO Mayor's Cup: Oral Roberts–Tulsa basketball rivalry
Oral Roberts ORU Wordmark.jpg Tulsa Hurricanes wordmark.png
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Sport(s) Men's Basketball
Total meetings 50
Series record Tulsa: 32–18
First meeting March 4, 1974
Tulsa 85 – Oral Roberts 84
Last meeting November 15, 2014
Oral Roberts 77 – Tulsa 68
Longest win streak Tulsa, 13
Current win streak Oral Roberts, 2
Trophy PSO Mayor's Cup
Oral Roberts–Tulsa basketball rivalry is located in Oklahoma
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The PSO Mayor's Cup is the name of the basketball rivalry between the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is also the name of the trophy given to the winning Men's and Women's teams.


Tulsa and ORU had their first meeting on March 4, 1974, which Tulsa won 85-84.[1] The series has been hard fought since then, and Tulsa holds the edge in the overall series 32-18. The rivalry has been marked by remarkable runs either way: Oral Roberts won 8 consecutive match-ups in the late 1970s; directly following that streak, Tulsa won the next 13 in a row and 24 of 27 between December 8, 1980 and December 19, 2002.[2] The rivalry has become more balanced in recent years, with each school winning 6 games over the past 12 meetings. The largest margin of victory was 45 points, by Tulsa over ORU in 1994. Another turning point in the rivalry was Tulsa's hiring of Bill Self away from Oral Roberts prior to the 1997-98 season.

The ORU and TU Women's basketball teams have faced off in the series since 1976. The ORU Women's team has dominated, 30-7, including a 20-game streak from 1976 through 1999.

The cross-town basketball series has been called the "PSO Mayor’s Cup" since 2012, with Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) serving as the title sponsor.

The 2014 PSO Mayor's Cup Men's game, held on November 15 at ORU's Mabee Center, was won by Oral Roberts by a score of 77-68, serving as the second straight win in the series by the Golden Eagles. The 2014 PSO Mayor's Cup Women's game, held on November 21, was also won by Oral Roberts by a score of 73-71.


Scores of Men's games (1974–2013)[edit]

Winning team is shown in bold. Tulsa leads the head-to-head series with Oral Roberts 32-18.


  1. ^ Bonham, Chad. Golden Hurricane Basketball at the University of Tulsa. Chicago: Arcadia, 2004, pg. 37.
  2. ^ Oral Roberts Basketball Media Guide, pg. 151
  3. ^ KRMG Broadcast
  4. ^ Bailey, Eric. Tulsa rallies to edge ORU in Mayor's Cup Tulsa World, January 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Trammel, Jimmie. [1] Tulsa World, November 11, 2013.