Obama to make NCAA bracket picks on ESPN

The basketball-fan-in-chief will show off his "Barack-Etology" skills for the second year in a row on Wednesday night when he appears on ESPN's SportsCenter to fill out his NCAA basketball tournament bracket choices.

According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama made the picks Tuesday afternoon, taking a brief respite from his efforts to pass healthcare reform.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the 44th president's Final Four picks are Kansas, Kansas State, Villanova and Kentucky. Last year, Obama correctly predicted that North Carolina would win it all.

For what it's worth, ITK has Kansas beating Kentucky in the finals. No word on who Obama picked to emerge victorious.

Basketball is a family affair in the Obama household. The president plays with his daughters whenever he gets a chance, his brother-in-law Craig Robinson is an NCAA coach, and both First Lady Michelle Obama and First Grandmother Marian Robinson have accompanied him to D.C.-area college games since he took office.

Jordan Fabian contributed to this item.