The University of Michigan claimed its second NAQT ICT Division I overall title in four years by going undefeated over 14 games and topping The University of Chicago in the final 310-270. The loss ended Chicago’s remarkable string of victories in odd-numbered years (they won the title in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003). Rochester went 10-3 to take home the third-place trophy.
In the undergraduate competition, Virginia Commonwealth University, whose entire team consisted only of the tournament’s top scorer Matt Weiner, topped 1999 champion Carleton College 255-205 in the final to take the honors. This is the first ICT title of any kind for VCU, though not the first for the talented Mr. Weiner, who previously led Pittsburgh to the 2001 Division II crown. 2003 champion Harvard claimed third place after losing a playoff to Carleton for the right to contest VCU in the final, 250-170.
In Division II, Chicago used a remarkable playoff run to capture its first D-II championship, first beating Harding 345-100, then knocking off top-seeded Michigan in consecutive games by the scores of 230-190 and 330-95. The final marked the first time in five years, dating back to Illinois’s triumph over Chicago in the 2000 Division I final, that a team won back-to-back games over the same opponent to claim a title. Chicago also became the first school to claim five total ICT championships and denied Michigan the opportunity to become the first school to win multiple ICT championships in the same year. Harding, led by three-time High School National Championship All-Star Jason Loy, took third in their first year of NAQT competition, while Washington University in St. Louis took fourth.
In the Community College division, Faulkner State (AL) Community College finished 16th overall and defeated Broward (FL) Community College in the final to claim their first ICT championship. Northwest-Shoals (AL) Community College nearly made the final, but lost their last three games of the tournament to finish third. None of the top three teams had ever won an ICT trophy before. Three-time defending champion Valencia (FL) Community College finished fourth after defeating Faulkner head-to-head.
The tournament was held on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans on April 8–9 and featured 64 of the top teams in the U.S. and Canada.