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Fran Dunphy: Mr. February

Fran Dunphy has owned February in his coaching career.

Fran Dunphy: Mr. February

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.

From Jan. 1 on, when the majority of the games are in conference (Ivy League for Penn, the Atlantic 10 for Temple), his teams are 334-135 (.714).

Here is Fran Dunphy’s monthly record, by school:

  PENN TEMPLE TOTAL
Month W- L     Pct. W- L     Pct. W- L     Pct.
November      18-20 .474      17-14 .548 35-34 .507
December 42-45 .483 29-11 .725 71-56 .559
January 88-44 .667 32-18 .640     120-62 .659
February     124-36 .775 32-12 .727 156-48 .765
March 38-18 .679 20-  7 .741 58-25 .699
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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