The junior led the Terps in scoring last season, averaging 15.1 points per game.
Russell averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists with Rhode Island this season.
The Crimson Tide hit 16 threes to dash the Terps' Sweet 16 hopes.
“Our talent level’s not where it’s been. But our toughness is at an all-time high.”
The Terps held the Huskies to 32.3 percent shooting.
The Terps faced 10 tournament-bound teams in the regular season.
Wolverines coach Juwan Howard was ejected from Friday’s game, while Terps coach Mark Turgeon was given a technical foul for their altercation.
Mike Smith scored 18 points and added 15 assists for the Wolverines.
"Their sport is always going to be their protective factor and their stressor,” said Parker Tims, a licensed clinical professional counselor for the University of Maryland.
Ayala scored 21 points and added nine rebounds.