Don Ryan, Associated Press
Oregon forward E.J. Singler, right, battles for position against Washington forward Austin Seferian-Jenkins during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Singler scored 13 points as they beat Washington 82-57.

When the inevitable question about Kyle comes up, E.J. Singler is gracious. He praises the accomplishments of his talented older brother but is quick to note that he is his own man.

E.J. Singler has established an independent identity at Oregon, where the Ducks are in a scramble near the top of the Pac-12 standings.

Singler, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, had 13 points in Oregon's 82-57 victory over rival Washington Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (17-7, 8-4 Pac-12) are in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with Arizona and Colorado. Washington and Cal, at 9-3 in conference, are knotted in first.

Oregon has won six of its last eight games with just six more left before the Pac-12 tournament.