A total waste of time to play them. There are at least 10 high school teams in the country who would easily beat Gardner-Webb and hundreds more that could give them a good game. Davidson is a step up but is, at best, a mediocre program who we should handle (beat them last year by 1).
I see some parallels with Kenny Brooks and the women's basketball team. We should be improved, without any substantial upgrade to the roster, simply because we have a better coach. We should be able to handle most of the non-conference schedule (no ranked teams; decent teams in JMU, GMU and Delaware). We are still far behind the ACC teams, all of which are ranked. Any win in conference would signal a significant improvement. The success of our season may be best determined by those games against JMU, GMU and Delaware.