He had been waiting outside the Breslin Center for five hours with nothing but hope.

Masato Nakamura is a college student from Japan who moved to Chicago last year. Unbeknownst to us, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is a HUGE deal in Japan, and Nakamura is what you'd call a "superfan."

So, last week, he decided to attend MSU vs. Illinois Fighting Illini. He had upper-level tickets and waited five hours outside the Breslin Center to meet Tom Izzo. He had sent an email to the school and gotten no response, so he just...waited.

Izzo was told that somebody was outside, waiting to meet him. He brought Nakamura in and they talked shop; he even got to watch a practice session. Izzo upgraded his seats to right behind the Spartans bench.