Grammar fail turns out to be clever rivalry prank

Early-arriving fans for Saturday's UNLV-San Diego State showdown may have noticed a banner underneath the section of the Thomas & Mack Center where the opposing team's crowd sits.

It featured the logo of the San Diego State student known as "The Show" and read, "THIS IS ARE HOUSE!"

Whereas the banner initially seemed to be a grammar fail of epic proportions by the Aztecs students, it soon became clear that wasn't the case.

First came this from The Show's twitter feed: "Just a disclaimer: We placed no banner inside the Thomas and Mac. We are still partying in parking lot. A lot." Then UNLV students admitted to planting the banner.

The pregame prank is merely the start of what promises to be a lively atmosphere for the matchup between the two best teams in the Mountain West and perhaps the West Coast as a whole. San Diego State won the first game between the two teams on a last-second Jamaal Franklin layup, setting up a rematch that UNLV needs to win to avoid falling two games behind the Aztecs in the conference standings.

A large group of San Diego State students made the drive to Las Vegas for the weekend, but UNLV should have most of a sellout crowd on its side. Students also are well prepared for the Aztecs, creating a cheer sheet with everything from a "Mountain West Rejects" belittling San Diego State's imminent move to the Big West to a "Check our Rafters" chant referring to UNLV's national championship.

(Thanks, Ryan Greene)