Kentucky basketball has amassed eight national championships, 17 Final Four berths and 50 conference crowns (regular season) in its rich, illustrious history.

Conversely, until Thursday night, little-known Wofford College had never enjoyed the fruits of a single NCAA Tournament victory.

On paper, Saturday's Round 2 matchup had all the makings of a blowout in Big Blue's favor, with the Wildcats cruising to next week's Midwest regional (Kansas City).

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Wildcats' presumptive rout ...

Wofford pushed 2-seeded Kentucky to the brink of exasperation in Jacksonville, burying eight three-pointers but ultimately falling short in its 62-56 loss.

And who knows, if star player Fletcher Magee hadn't struggled from the field (4 of 17 shooting ... 0 for 12 from 3-point range), maybe the Terriers would have had enough oomph to pull off the biggest upset of the tournament.

Of course, this defeat shouldn't rest at the feet of Magee. 

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Magee carried Wofford to its first-ever tournament win on Thursday (over Seton Hall), and for that, he'll forever be remembered as a hero on campus.

Playing without star forward PJ Washington, Kentucky struggled to find its rhythm from beyond the arc, hitting only 3 of 13 shots from long distance. 

On the plus side, the Wildcats were gritty and efficient in the paint, out-rebounding the smaller Terriers (36-30) ... and converting on seemingly every point-blank-range shot in the second half. 

UK also connected on 17 of 20 free throws.

As its reward, Kentucky (29-6) will likely join a stacked regional next week, assuming North Carolina and Houston prevail in its respective Round 2 outings.

For the last piece of the Midwest regional, TV viewers really can't lose with Auburn and Kansas facing off later tonight.

It's worth noting: The first two programs to join the Sweet 16 party ... hail from the SEC (Kentucky, LSU).