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The Arizona Wildcats can make their first-ever Elite Eight by beating Texas A&M in Saturday's round-of-16 game in San Antonio.

Here's everything you need to know about today's game:

The basics

What: NCAA Tournament, second round: No. 3 seed Arizona vs. No. 2 seed Texas A&M

When: 5 p.m.


Radio: 1400-AM

How they got here

Arizona: Outlasted BYU 52-46 in Wednesday's second-round game. Before that, the Wildcats dismantled Stony Brook in Monday's NCAA Tournament opener after making the Big Dance as an at-large team.

Texas A&M: Beat Iowa State 84-82 in overtime on Wednesday, two days after beating Troy 84-80 in the tournament opener. The regular-season Southeastern Conference champions made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team.

Who to watch

• Arizona is led by All-American guard Aari McDonald, the reigning Pac-12 player of the year and a finalist for multiple national awards. She doesn't act alone: Forward Cate Reese might be the key for the Wildcats in the tournament. And Sam Thomas is a stat-sheet-filling senior and the team's most versatile defender.

Texas A&M is led by point guard Jordan Nixon, who hit the game-tying — and game-winning — shots against Iowa State.

Coach's corner

Read up on the Wildcats

• Cate Reese grew up in Texas and attended camps at Texas A&M, but fell in love with Arizona as a recruit.

• Greg Hansen says Saturday's game will be a match between Adia Barnes and Gary Blair, two college basketball renovation specialists.

These numbers explain how Arizona's advanced to the Sweet 16 …

• We rank Aari McDonald's 10 best offensive performances.

• See what makes McDonald the "perfect leader."

• Meet the Arizona Wildcats' roster here.

• Arizona's return to the tournament fulfills a vision shared by Trinity Baptiste.

• Former UA coach Joan Bonvicini says the Wildcats will be judged by how they play in March.

• We rank Barnes' best wins here.

More in our special section

Check out today's NCAA Extra section for more on the Wildcats and Aggies as they head into Saturday night's game.

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