If there is a hot college basketball team in the city in February, you can bet your facial hair that Fran Dunphy is guiding it from the bench.
His Temple Owls, who face Duquesne on Saturday afternoon, are 5-0 so far this month, which puts him more than halfway toward what would be his fifth perfect February (all of them 9-0). He has also guided teams to five one-loss Februarys.
Overall, he has a winning percentage of .765 (156-48) in the year’s shortest month, .800 (148-37) if you throw out his first two Februarys (1990 and ’91).
In November and December, his teams are just 16 games over .500 (106-90), which has a lot to do with the quality of the non-conference competition they have faced.