You might wonder, if you've listened to him the past two seasons, if you've listened to his players.
In fact, he tells his players not to be concerned with wins and losses. His constant refrain: Get better.
Bennett has a system that emphasizes defense, accountability and awareness. He wants things done a certain way. That's what he tells his players: Don't judge yourselves based on the record; don't focus on the numbers; just get better at the things we want you to do.
"In the end, I understand," Bennett says. "I played in the NBA. I've been a part of this. You're going to get judged by wins and losses. That's a reality. That's a truth.
"But I think when you're establishing a program, and even when it's established, I think if you're always looking at the end result and get so focused on that, it can inhibit your ability to reach your full potential as a team and an individual. I've seen that happen."
Virginia winds down a trying season, a season made more difficult by player defections and injuries that forced an already young team to become even more reliant on youth.
The team lost its most talented player from a year ago, when sophomore Sylven Landesberg left to pursue a professional career. The Cavs also lost a reliable veteran in guard Jeff Jones, who transferred with just one season of eligibility remaining, and promising freshman forward Tristan Spurlock.
This season, the Cavs lost forward Mike Scott, their leading scorer and only consistent inside presence, 10 games in with foot issues that required two surgeries. Guard Sammy Zeglinski battled preseason hip and leg issues that didn't permit him to get into game shape until the second half of the season. Forward Will Sherrill, a valuable if limited presence, endured the effects of a broken bone in his leg in late November all season.
Bennett's second year has been marked by encouraging performances as well as maddening inconsistency. The Cavaliers handed Minnesota a rare home loss, swept Virginia Tech, took North Carolina to the wire, led Duke in the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Cavs also are last in the ACC in scoring by a wide margin (six points per game), when the league's other 11 teams are separated by a total of 15 points. They have scored fewer than 50 points five times — numbers that harken back to the pre-shot clock era, when teams were permitted to play as quickly, or slowly, as they chose.
"We're establishing some things," Bennett says. "I think we've been competitive — not super successful, obviously. There's been a level of competitiveness that's had to be established before the next step can take place. I think we've gained, as far as competitiveness and quality."
That's another word you hear often from Bennett and his players: quality. Quality of effort, quality of execution.
"He always says, 'Don't worry about wins and losses, just fall in love with the process,'|" Zeglinski says. "I think we kind of embody that."
Bennett's devotion to process is tied to observation and heredity. He has studied plenty of successful coaches and their methods. He watched his father, Dick Bennett, make a career of gradually building successful programs at schools that didn't have traditional talent pipelines: Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Wisconsin-Green Bay; the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Washington State.
"He understood that in trying to rebuild a program like Virginia, sometimes you have to go backward before you go forward," says Dick Bennett, who coached his son at Wisconsin-Green Bay. "Going backward sometimes means you have to start with a whole new group of people, with an attitude that's different than what existed before.
"This was that kind of year, and when he lost Mike, I think that really put an emphasis on trying to get these kids to think about doing things well. That would carry over a lot more than the statistical kinds of measures you get at the end of a season: wins and losses; points scored; honors. But if you do things properly, that will carry over into the future."
But the future seems to approach more rapidly than ever in major college athletics. The Bennetts have seen friends and colleagues burned in a microwave culture that often demands instant gratification and success, where reputations that used to take years to build can be made and broken in a matter of weeks or months.