When the NCAA's Round of 64 kicked off on Thursday,
The Buckeyes (10th seed) upset VCU (seventh) behind 28 points from Russell, despite the 6-foot-5 guard taking an elbow to the face that drew blood.
Russell shot 50% from the field (10-20) and 57.1% from three-point range (4-7).
Ohio State will face Stanley Johnson and the
If Russell declares for the draft, he projects to be a high pick -- potentially in the
The Lakers traded their 2015 pick to the
The Lakers may have as many as four picks in the draft, including their own first (currently fourth) and second (34th), along with the
Both additional picks came over with Jeremy Lin in trade from the Rockets. The Lakers only get the Clippers' selection if it's in the 51-55 range.
A number of additional first-round prospects also played on Thursday.
As expected, the undefeated
Forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns, who may be the top overall pick, scored 21 points with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Center Willie Cauley-Stein scored seven with 11 rebounds and two blocks.
Arizona's Johnson hit eight of 11 shots for 22 points, in the Wildcats' 93-72 win over
UCLA (11th) forward Kevon Looney scored six points with 10 rebounds in the Bruins' 60-59 win over SMU (sixth).
Not everyone improved their draft stock on Thursday.
Center Myles Turner scored just two points with four turnovers, but collected 10 rebounds in 16 minutes as his Texas Longhorns (11th) fell to the