Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters had previously mentioned that Michigan would be hosting a regional pod for the 2012 NIT Season Tip Off but he revealed the entire list of participants while meeting with the media today. Per a report by Tom Mieskoski, Waters listed the following first round match-ups for the 2012 NIT Season Tip Off (first and second round games to be played in Ann Arbor):
- Michigan vs. Oakland
- Cleveland State vs. Bowling Green
The winners will meet in the second round and the winners of that game will advance to the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden during Thanksgiving week. Pittsburgh (confirmed) and Virginia have been rumored as other potential regional hosts in the tournament. Unlike many other preseason tournaments, the host teams are not guaranteed to advance to New York City and will have to win both games to advance.