While the local college basketball team has turned the BMO Harris Bradley Center into a tremendous home court advantage and a place where it never loses, the building's main tenant can't get it going.
For the third straight season, the Milwaukee Bucks are struggling to defend their turf. The Bucks are just 54-49 at home since making the playoffs after the 2009-10 season, including a 15-14 mark this year -- the worst home record among NBA playoff teams.
Why can't the Bucks win at home? It's a question that was first posed to former coach Scott Skiles and now to current coach Jim Boylan multiple times with both struggling to come up with answers.
Compounding the frustration is that Milwaukee holds its own on the road. The Bucks are 14-14 away from Milwaukee, not a bad record if they were winning 60 to 70 percent of their home games.
"Had we been able to do that this year, our record would be great," Boylan said. "But we haven't. So that's the situation we're in. But we still have a cluster of home games left, so we'll see if we can maybe get a little momentum going."
One glance at Milwaukee's split stats and it's easy to see the Bucks post almost identical averages in every category on the road and at home.
With the Bucks sitting 6-1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia and 7-1/2 games in front of Toronto for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with 25 games left on their schedule, Milwaukee has enough of a cushion to look up at teams ahead in the standings.
Boston is just 1-1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee in the seventh spot and Atlanta, Chicago and Brooklyn are all just 3-1/2 games ahead of the Bucks in the fourth, fifth and sixth spots.
For Bucks, home court has no advantage
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Mar 4