Badgers alumnus, superfan gives back to his school

CREATED Apr 4, 2014

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  • Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan is raised up by his team after overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Image by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) celebrates after overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Image by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust (1) celebrates cutting the net after overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Image by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers players celebrate after overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Image by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan is raised up by his team after overtime in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at Honda Center. The Badgers defeated the Wildcats 64-63. Image by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 4, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan speaks during a press conference during practice before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Image by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (left), Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust (center) and Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey (right) during a press conference before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Image by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; (l to r) Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30), Wisconsin Badgers guard Ben Brust (1), Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Niels Giffey (5), and Florida Gators guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) during a press conference before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Image by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE - Albert Nicholas has had a long love affair with the University of Wisconsin and basketball. The Wisconsin Hall of Famer played with the Badgers in the 1950's and since then he has supported the team.

"This was taken a couple of years ago with Coach Ryan and in the back that's me!"
 
A super fan, Nicholas his wife traveled to Indianapolis the last time the Badgers made it to the Final Four in 2000.
 
"When March Madness starts we are there. We are going to follow the team everywhere."
 
Nicholas will be rooting the team on in Texas Saturday - a team Nicholas, like so many other fans, believes has what it takes to win it all.
 
"We beat Florida and Florida is in the Final Four ... so we are not an upstart, we are good ... as a team they are more united, they play for each other, they love each other, and they want to do well for each other."
 
When Nicholas is not cheering on the Badgers, he is running an investment firm and is the founder of the Ab Nicholas Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship established in 2012 stared with a $50 million endowment. Its mission is to make college affordable for high school basketball students seeking a degree in the University of Wisconsin System.