The Pacers of USC Aiken received a total of 31 votes to sit just behind Armstrong Atlantic State and Flagler, who both tied for the top spot with 46 points each. Augusta State had 29 points.
USC Aiken finished the 2011 season with a 15-16 record, 7-7 in the conference and concluded the regular season ranked 10th in the final NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll.
USC Aiken and Augusta open their seasons on the road on Aug. 31. That day, the Pacers meet Mount Olive in the Francis Marion Tournament and the Jaguars take on Catawba in the Armstrong Atlantic State Tournament.