Grinnell College will host the Midwest Conference Mens Basketball Championships this weekend in Grinnell. The Pioneers will open against St. Norbert of Wisconsin in the second semi-final Friday night.

 Head coach Dave Arsenault says he doesn’t know how they will beat a St Norbert team that defeated the Pioneers in their lone regular season match-up. The Pioneers have lost three times in conference play, the other two coming to Carroll College of Wisconsin.

John Grotberg leads the NCAA, regardless of level, in made three point goals for a career with 517. The first semi-final at 5:00 has Carroll facing Lawrence University, in what Arseanault calls a wide open tournament.

Grinnell has won eight in a row, 17-6 overall, 13-3, sharing the regular season title with Lawrence. The winners for Fridays games will play in Saturdays championship game at 3:00. The automatic birth to the NCAA Division III tournament is at stake.