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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.

TV: ESPN2

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.

This article originally ran on tucson.com.

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