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Eric Musselman has a voice in his head.
 
Hardly a day goes by without the Nevada coach pondering what his father might've said.
 
Bill Musselman coached for nearly four decades at the high school, college and professional ranks before his death in 2000 at the age of 59.
 
His son has carried on that passion for the game, leading the Wolf Pack to the Sweet 16 for only the second time in school history.
 
They will face Loyola in the semifinals of the South Regional.
 
Bill Musselman's voice is very much a part of the Wolf Pack's journey.
 
"I hear it all the time before I go down and address the team," his son said. "I think about things my dad would tell his team. It's not often that your dad _ he was my best friend. He was my idol. I wanted to walk in his footsteps."
 
In so many ways, there's a striking parallel to their careers.
 
Bill Musselman seemingly coached everywhere: Ashland University, Minnesota in the Big Ten, San Diego and Virginia in the American Basketball Association, Cleveland in the NBA, not to mention several stops in the Continental Basketball Association, where he won four championships.
 
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Eric Musselman has coached two teams in the NBA. He's coached in both the CBA and the NBA's D-League. He's been at Nevada since 2015, posting three straight 20-win seasons.
 
"If you look at our careers, our minor-league records, it's eerie," Eric said. "There's barely percentage points in our difference, in our win-loss records, at least in the minor leagues where a lot of our careers were spent."
 
It was inevitable that the younger Musselman went into coaching.
 
"When most kids come down to get ready for school and watch cartoons, my whole life I was either talking Xs and Os or we had game film running," Musselman recalled.
 
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Unlike his father, who preferred a methodical, physical style of play, Eric has embraced a fast-paced, 3-point-shooting philosophy at Nevada. The Wolf Pack are averaging 83 points a game, overcoming a 22-point deficit to win their last game against Cincinnati. 
 
"I hear him all the time, and I also hear him talk about: 'Are you insane? Have you lost your mind? Why are you shooting so many 3s? Why are you playing fast? Slow the ball down,'" Eric said. "We play a contrasting style from the way I was raised and watched his teams play."