They're called Golden Eagles, but there's also a former wolf in the mix.
Nevada basketball alum Mo Charlo, who played for the Wolf Pack from 2004-06, will play Tuesday for his share of $2 million in the championship game of The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all 64-team single-elimination event founded in 2014.
The Golden Eagles, a team comprised almost entirely of former Marquette players, beat Team Hines to advance to Tuesday's championship game against Carmen's Crew, an Ohio State alum team that knocked off four-time defending champion Overseas Elite in the other semifinal. The title game, which will be played in Chicago, will be televised by ESPN at 6 p.m. Pacific time. The winner takes the entire $2 million prize. The loser gets nothing.
Charlo is one of 14 players on the Golden Eagles, including one of four who didn't play his college ball at Marquette. If the Golden Eagles win the tournament, Charlo's share will be $138,461. A loss would net him $0. Charlo has logged around 10-15 minutes per game as a reserve for Golden Eagles.
Nevada reached the NCAA Tournament in both of Charlo's seasons in Reno. A junior-college transfer, he averaged 9.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his Wolf Pack career, hitting 41.2 percent of his shots. He also was an excellent and versatile defender. He was the 2014 NBA G League defensive player of the year and has played in Japan, the Philippines, Mexico and Belgium as well.
Charlo is the second Wolf Pack alum to play in the championship game of The Basketball Tournament. Kevinn Pinkney played in the 2017 final as part of Team ALS Challenge, which lost to Overseas Elite, 86-83.