Johnson has both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.
It is the first Pac-12 opener at home in five seasons (last one was Jan. 3, 2008).
Game will be broadcast locally on FOX Sports Arizona at noon MT.
Senior Carrick Felix averaging 20.7 points in past three games.
A three-time conference Coach of the Year entering his 20th season as a college head coach, then 49-year old Coach Sendek went the NBA route to fill his staff in August of 2012, as he named Eric Musselman as an assistant coach, the first time since spring of 2008 ASU has had a coaching change.
"In talking to several people it was clear Eric would be a great addition to the Sun Devil family because of unique background and a passion for the game on so many levels," said Herb Sendek, the 2009-10 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "I love the fact he has coached at so many levels, including leagues where guys are trying to make the next step. Our goal as we approached this search, was to enhance the experience, depth of knowledge and teaching skills of our staff. All basketball players, like other athletes, dream of playing at the highest levels. The number of games Eric has watched and players he has worked with is staggering. Eric and his father both earned their coaching stripes recruiting, managing and coaching in the minor leagues before moving on to the NBA. Both current and future players find that very intriguing."
Musselman earned league Coach of the Year honors with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League in 2011-12. His squad had eight NBA call-ups and won the regular season title with a 38-12 record, including wins in 21 of the final 23 games. He also coached the Venezuela National Team in 2011 and 2012 at the Pre-Olympics in Argentina while his 2011 team averaged a tournament-best 94.8 points per game. His NBA experience includes leading the Sacramento Kings to a 101.3 points per game scoring mark in 2006-07, eighth-best in the league as the Kings sold out every home game.
In 2002-03 he was second in NBA Coach of the Year voting as he led the Golden State Warriors to their two best seasons in ten years, including a 51-31 (.622) home record. The Warriors were the most improved team in the league with 17 more wins and the second-leading scoring team in the league at 102.4 points per game. He has served as an assistant coach under Mike Fratello (Memphis), Lon Kruger (Atlanta), Chuck Daley (Orlando) and Doc Rivers (Magic). Much of his coaching knowledge was learned in the minor league level, as he has the second-best winning percentage in the 54-year history of the CBA (208-102) behind only George Karl. A five-time CBA All-Star Coach, his teams won six division titles and reached the postseason in each of his seven seasons. Twenty-four of his players eventually reached the NBA. He also coached in the USBL in 1995-96 where his teams went 54-3 (.947) and earned league Coach of the Year in 1996.
"Eric Musselman, I really have to thank him a lot in terms of my career. If I could thank him every day, I would, because he was probably the one person that helped me get back in the League. He helped motivate me, he prepared me. He just showed me a different way of scoring, a different way of playing defense. I have to give a lot of credit to him for me being back."
Indiana Pacer Gerald Green
The coaching started early for Eric as he took over the Rapid City (S.D.) Thrillers at age 23 in 1989-90, a year after serving as general manager and hiring then-college assistant Flip Saunders as head coach. In his five seasons (1989-1995), he guided the Thrillers to four division titles and two appearances in the CBA finals. In addition, his Rapid City teams posted the CBA's best record four times. He was retained as general manager and head coach when the Thrillers franchise relocated from South Dakota to West Palm Beach, Fla. In two seasons there, he guided the Beachdogs to a 79-33 mark, reaching the conference finals in 1995-96 and the league finals in 1996-97. His 1996-97 Florida club ranks as the top defensive team in CBA history, surrendering just 90.8 points per game. A Minneapolis native, Musselman's international coaching experience is extensive and includes serving as an assistant for the USA team that won the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of Americas in Uraguay.
Eric Musselman has been a head coach in professional basketball since the age of 23.
He coached a CBA All-Star team that went undefeated in five games against the Chinese National Team in 1993 and was an assistant to Hubie Brown on a Nike/CBA All-Star team that won the Limoges Grand Trophy tournament in Limoges, France. A 1987 graduate of the University of San Diego, Musselman played under Jim Brovelli and Hank Egan and was a West Coast Conference (WCC) all-academic selection and twice played for NCAA Tournament teams. Married to Danyelle Sargent Musselman, Eric and his wife have two sons: Michael (16) and Matthew (13), and a daughter Mariah (2). Eric's father is the late Bill Musselman, the only coach to lead teams in four professional basketball leagues (NBA, ABA, CBA, WBA).
THE FAMOUS COACHING TREE
Herb Sendek has had 10 former assistants earn DI head coaching jobs, including eight currently as Dedrique Taylor earned the Cal State Fullerton job in the spring of 2012 after working at Arizona State for the first seven seasons of Coach Sendek's tenure.
Archie Miller, who was with him as player and assistant coach at NC state and at Arizona State (2006-07), earned the Dayton gig in spring of 2011.
Dozen-year sidekick Mark Phelps earned the Drake spot in the spring of 2008 after serving for 10 years on the staff at NC State and for two years at ASU.
Former NC State sidekick John Groce also earned the Ohio University position in the spring of 2008 and is now the head coach at Illinois.
The others are Jim Christian, formerly at Kent State and TCU and now at Ohio (Miami assistant from 1994-96), Larry Hunter at Western Carolina (NC State assistant from 2001-05), Ron Hunter of Georgia State (Miami assistant from 1993-94), Ohio State's Thad Matta (Miami assistant in 1994-95) and Arizona's Sean Miller (assistant at both Miami from 1993-95 and at NC State from 1996-2000).
Charlie Coles retired after the 2011-12 season at Miami of Ohio and was a Miami assistant from 1994-96 under Coach Sendek.
ASSISTANTS UNDER COACH SENDEK
1993-1994: Ron Hunter, Dave Manzer, Sean Miller
1994-1995: Charlie Coles, Thad Matta, Sean Miller
1995-1996: Brian Blaney, Jim Christian, Charlie Coles
1996-1997: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1997-1998: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1998-1999: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
1999-2000: John Groce, Larry Harris, Sean Miller
2000-2001: Larry Harris, Sean Miller, Mark Phelps
2001-2002: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2002-2003: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2003-2004: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2004-2005: Larry Harris, Larry Hunter, Mark Phelps
2005-2006: Larry Harris, Mark Phelps, Archie Miller
2006-2007: Mark Phelps, Archie Miller, Dedrique Taylor
2007-2008: Mark Phelps, Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera
2008-2009: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2009-2010: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2010-2011: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2011-2012: Dedrique Taylor, Scott Pera, Lamont Smith
2012-2013: Dedrique Taylor, Larry Greer, Eric Musselman
2013-2014: Eric Musselman, Larry Greer, Stan Johnson