The Illinois Novice tournament was held on Saturday, October 21 at the campus of the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana. It was a packet submission tournament. UMR sent three teams: Team A consisted of Chip Kastner, Matt Griffith, Melvin Harris, and Brenda Driver. Team B consisted of Jeremy Gorelick, Will Stewart, John Hershberger, and Andrew DeCarlo. Team C consisted of Kyle DePew, Nathan Mundis, Bob Gray, and Dave Harris.

In the preliminary rounds, the teams were divided into two brackets and played a round robin. UMR A was in the Ankiel Bracket, and the other two teams were in the Blass Bracket. The records during the preliminary rounds were as follows:
UMR A: 2 wins, 7 losses, 830 points scored, 1770 points against.
UMR B: 4 wins, 6 losses, 745 points scored, 1835 points against.
UMR C: 7 wins, 3 losses, 1345 points scored, 1570 points against.

Based on the teams' performance during the preliminary rounds, the top three teams in each bracket played the top three teams in the other bracket; the 4 through 6 teams in each bracket played the top three teams in the other bracket, and so on (there were a total of 21 teams). The records during these rounds were as follows:
UMR A [Ranked 8th in bracket A]: 1 win, 2 losses.
UMR B [Ranked 7th in bracket B]: 2 wins, 1 loss.
UMR C [Ranked 3rd in bracket B]: 0 wins, 3 losses.

The final rankings in the tournament, based on the number of losses, were as follows:
Top 3 from each bracket
1. Michigan: 1 loss
2. Iowa: 3 losses
3. Chicago F*ck: 3 losses
4. CWRU A: 4 losses
5. Wash U A: 5 losses
6. UMR C: 6 losses

4-6 from each bracket
7. CWRU B: 4 losses
8. Ill. Chance: 5 losses
9. ISU A: 5 losses
10. Chicago RPI: 5 losses
11. Wisconsin: 5 losses
12. NWU: 6 losses

7-9 from each bracket
13. Wash U C: 5 losses
14. UMR B: 7 losses
15. UMR A: 9 losses
16. ISU B: 9 losses
17. Wash U D: 10 losses
18. Ill. Tinker: 10 losses

Last 3
19. Ill. Evers: 8 losses
20. DePauw A: 8 losses
21. DePauw B: 11 losses

Individual statistics of UMR players in the round-robin portion of the tournament are as follows: (organized by rank out of 78 players, name, rounds participated in, tossups, and interrupts)
12. Nathan Mundis (C): 10 rounds, 31 tossups, 4 interrupts
24. Bob Gray (C): 10 rounds, 23 tossups, 5 interrupts
28. Andrew DeCarlo (B): 10 rounds, 21 tossups, 6 interrupts
31. Matt Griffith (A): 9 rounds, 17 tossups, 3 interrupts
35. Brenda Driver (A): 9 rounds, 15 tossups, 0 interrupts
52. John Hershberger (B): 10 rounds, 10 tossups, 1 interrupt
54. Chip Kastner (A): 9 rounds, 8 tossups, 0 interrupts
59. Dave Harris (C): 10 rounds, 9 tossups, 4 interrupts
73. Kyle DePew (C): 10 rounds, 4 tossups, 0 interrupts
75. Melvin Harris (A): 9 rounds, 4 tossups, 2 interrupts
76. Jeremy Gorelick (B): 10 rounds, 3 tossups, 0 interrupts
77. Will Stewart (B): 10 rounds, 4 tossups, 2 interrupts