Russell struggled against the Wildcats' aggressive defense, scoring nine points on three of 19 shooting. The 6-foot-5 freshman did make a number of impressive passes, mostly in a competitive first half, but he and his team faded in the second.
Whether or not the difficult performance will hurt Russell's stock remains to be seen (presuming he declares for the draft, as expected).
Arizona's Stanley Johnson, a potential lottery pick, also had a poor shooting night with four points (missing 11 of 12 shot attempts).
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a defensive-minded small forward, tallied a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting just three of 12 from the field.
The Lakers traded their 2015 pick to the
In addition to their own two picks, the Lakers will receive the
Hollis-Jefferson may be in the range of the Houston pick.
Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein helped the
Towns scored eight points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. He projects to be a top-two pick.
Cauley-Stein gave the Wildcats nine points with two rebounds and two blocks. The athletic center could go in the top 10, or even top five in the draft.
Kentucky will draw the Maryland Terrapins (4th) on Thursday.