Arkansas, Eric Musselman stand in the way of Coach K’s last trip with Duke to Final Four

This moment could unnerve even the most seasoned coach: Final Four berth at stake, the winningest coach in college basketball history on the opposing bench, that same adversary only one loss from retirement.

But Eric Musselman probably won’t flinch Saturday at Chase Center, and not just because he once faced Phil Jackson and Pat Riley in the NBA. Musselman also coached against his dad.

That story surfaced Friday, on the eve of the West Region final between Duke and Arkansas. The Blue Devils either will send Mike Krzyzewski to another Final Four next week in New Orleans, or his decorated career will end in San Francisco.

Musselman and his defensive-minded Razorbacks stand in Coach K’s way. And if you seek some insight into how the moment might affect Musselman, the onetime Warriors head coach, just ask him about his dad.

Bill Musselman coached 37 games in the old ABA and 258 in the NBA, one-plus season with Cleveland and two full years as Minnesota’s inaugural head coach. Bill Musselman was famously competitive; Eric said pickup games with his dad took forever to finish, because he would foul on every play when the opposing team needed one point to win.

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