Sixteen years ago today, the Milwaukee Bucks played their last preseason game in Madison at the Kohl Center against the Dallas Mavericks. On Tuesday night, the Bucks return to the Kohl Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in their fifth of six preseason games.

The Bucks, who held training camp in Madison from September 29th through October 2nd, continue to try to establish themselves as a statewide team.

“We don’t want to be just a Milwaukee team, we want to be Wisconsin’s team,” head coach Jason Kidd said.

Over the summer, the Bucks were no strangers to Madison as the team ownership group worked to push legislation through to receive public funding for the new Milwaukee arena. Their efforts culminated in August when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to subsidize the stadium.

General manager John Hammond said of the new arena, “There is a sense of direction of where we are going. We have an opportunity to build on last year and where we are going.”

Both teams aim to bounce back from losses over the weekend. The Bucks, who are 1-3 this preseason, lost Saturday night against the Wizards at the BMO Harris Bradley Center 105-101.  Minnesota enters the contest with a 1-4 preseason record. They lost Sunday in Memphis 90-68.

Last season, the Bucks were 2-0 against the Timberwolves in the regular season and 1-1 in the preseason. In their regular season matchups the Bucks won by an average of 15.5 points.

Minnesota and Milwaukee selected back to back in the 2014 NBA Draft with the first and second overall picks respectively. The Timberwolves selected Andrew Wiggins, while the Bucks picked Jabari Parker. Wiggins is averaging 11.2 this preseason while Parker remains out as he continues to rehab the torn ACL he suffered last December.

Come out to the Kohl Center tomorrow night to see these two young and talented teams. The Bucks’ core should be suiting up besides Parker, as the team prepares for the regular season.

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