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I would agree that basketball makes money for more schools than football does, if nothing else simply because it costs schools much less. Far fewer athletes which means fewer scholarships, fewer coaches, and less equipment would be only the obvious savings.
That said, if we are to consider how many schools are making money off of basketball compared to how many schools are out there in total, it's still a drop in the bucket. I actually doubt the JMU basketball team is making the school money, although it is probably costing the school much less than the football team, especially since the costs of things like an arena to play in and practice facilities can be split between the men's and women's teams.
The bottom line is that this was about much more than Title IX and they very likely didn't consider the total cost per athlete of the sports or the list of teams being cut would have looked very different.