Rutgers captain Bishop Daniels has plenty of experience as the underdog but that does not make the feeling any easier. Daniels leads Rutgers Sunday in the unique situation as home underdogs against the MAAC's hottest team.
"It's tough because every team comes in against us as a favorite," said Daniels, who scored 10 points off the bench against Monmouth las season. "We've just got to come in ready to compete and know that we're the underdogs. We've got to get gritty and we've got to do better."
Rutgers (4-6) lost two of its last three games in blowout fashion and is 2-6 in the last month of action. As captains, Daniels and Greg Lewis are well aware of the direction of the season if nothing changes.
"A couple of those buttons have been pushed over the last few games," Daniels said. "We realize that nothing is going to be given to us. Nobody is going to come out here and fold and let us win the game. Everybody is coming out to play."
As far as Monmouth, Rutgers escaped King Rice's squad 59-58 last season in East Long Branch thanks to a Myles Mack buzzer beater. A combination of high-profile victories and creative bench antics bring Monmouth to Rutgers with a unique brand of excitement.
"It's just a regular team like everybody else," Daniels said. "We've got to come out here and get better every day and approach the game like any other game -- ready to win."